Christchurch Town Hall

Victoria Square
Christchurch, Canterbury
One of New Zealand’s most famous and successful “modern” buildings, the Christchurch Town Hall, opened in 1972, combines modern materials and forms with echoes of Christchurch’s earlier building traditions. It was the work of a practice, Warren and Mahoney, which was one of the most important in New Zealand’s late twentieth century architectural history.

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The Christchurch City Council made a controversial decision to restore the complex following extensive damage in the earthquakes. During the February 2011 earthquake, the land beneath and around the building was severely damaged. This will cost $127m, begin in winter 2015 and is expected to be finished in 2018.

A stronger foundation system will be installed. Large concrete columns, called jet grout columns, will be installed close to each other underneath the Town Hall to spread the weight of the building across a wider area. A new concrete slab will be placed on top, helping to bring the building up to 100 per cent of the New Building Standard.

A Performing Arts Precinct will include the fully restored Town Hall, a new Court Theatre and homes for the Music Centre of Christchurch and the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra (CSO).

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  • Christchurch Town Hall
    Christchurch Town Hall
  • River view - Christchurch Town Hall
    River view - Christchurch Town Hall
  • Town Hall Fountain
    Town Hall Fountain
  • Christchurch Town Hall
    Christchurch Town Hall
  • Main Entrance
    Main Entrance
  • Interior View
    Interior View
  • Pat Hanly mural
    Pat Hanly mural
  • The Hall structure
    The Hall structure
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