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The Tribune (NZ) - - CONVERSATIONS -

‘‘Other coun­tries around the world do not ‘dress up’ their old build­ings, they keep them in good re­pair, and leave them as is as much as pos­si­ble; pre­serv­ing the orig­i­nal beauty that is the build­ing. This jux­ta­po­si­tion be­tween the new ex­ten­sion and the old build­ing is not set­tling for the eye, let alone leaves me ques­tion­ing the im­pact to the func­tion­al­ity of the side­walk. I think pos­si­bly other de­signs could work, but it would need to en­hance the build­ing, rather than take away from it as I feel this de­sign does with its bulk, and takes at­ten­tion away from the build­ing.’’ Frances Pug­mire, via Neigh­bourly

‘‘I think be­ing able to en­joy a lit­tle more shel­ter on rainy days when walk­ing across the pave­ment in front of the church on the way to the post of­fice etc will be an im­prove­ment in the func­tion of the side­walk.’’ Michelle Ben­ton, via Neigh­bourly

‘‘I thought they were try­ing very hard to save the church from the wreck­ing ball as it did not meet the new earth­quake stan­dards. Is this go­ing to save the church? I don’t think so. Per­haps it’s a de­coy so as to sum­mon up enough pub­lic out­cry about the yel­low toad­stools that we haven’t no­ticed that the church has been knocked down be­hind it.’’ Martin Cook, via Neigh­bourly

‘‘Some­times blend­ing old ar­chi­tec­ture with new can be very ex­cit­ing if you look at the round win­dow on the church the new struc­ture blends in with it some­how.’’ San­dra Mont­gomery, via Neigh­bourly

‘‘It seems to be an ob­ses­sion of ar­chi­tects to blend the old with the new! Why? Has to be the first ques­tion? Com­ing from Ox­ford, UK, I ob­ject to old beau­ties be­ing treated this way.’’ Sue Rober­ston, via Neigh­bourly

‘‘This church is a beautiful build­ing, why on earth would they want to do this to it? Just odd!!’’ Fiona Ma­son, via Neigh­bourly

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