Wellington art dealer Peter McLeavey's favourite building is featured in our current issue. Peter chose John Scott's masterpiece, Futuna Chapel, as his favourite - you can read why below. The photograph is by Paul McCredie.

"This enigmatic masterpiece has always held me," Peter writes. "For me it consists of two halves, the exterior and interior. The exterior evokes Maori civilisation and the cultures of the Pacific, while the interior reminds me of the beginnings of Christianity, the communities where the church began, the world of the desert fathers, the architecture of the Benedictine order and the Cistercians. The exterior is relatively unadorned where the form carries the aesthetic, while the beautifully orchestrated interior is embellished with the Stations of the Cross and glass designed by Jim Allen. Its reticence nourishes the spirit."




CELEBRATING 50 YEARS - THE PROGRAMME
Futuna Chapel, Friend Street, Karori, Wellington is the venue for all events. Seating capacity 100 persons. A marquee and extra chairs will be available for overfl ow. A small PA system will broadcast the Mass to the outside area. Public welcome to all events (preferential booking for architects at CPD events). Refreshments available for purchase. No parking on site please
FRIDAY 18TH MARCH
Powhiri and welcome (Th e powhiri will be outdoors weather permitting.)
Unveiling of restored plaques and gold medal
Music performance by Aroha Yates-Smith
Time: 5:00 to 7:30pm
SATURDAY 19TH MARCH
Mass celebrated by Archbishop John Dew
Time: 11:00am 12:30pm
ARCHITECTURE MODELLING SEMINAR / 15 CPD points
Cost: $15.00 NZIA members / $20.00 non NZIA members / Arch Students Free (limited spaces available)
Time: 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Participants: Plytech, Ponoko, Tony Richardson – Model Designer, architecture students
To Book: Th e Whiteboard Ltd / mail@thewhiteboard.co.nz / ph 04 4999550
FUTUNA: DESIGN RESEARCH SEMINAR / 20 CPD points
Cost: $20.00 NZIA members / $25.00 non NZIA members / Arch Students Free (limited spaces available)
Time: 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Participants: Amanda Yates Lecturer Massey University
Professor Dorita Hannah Massey University
Professor of Architecture Mike Austin UNITEC
Albert Refiti Senior Lecturer Spatial Design AUT
To Book: The Whiteboard Ltd / mail@thewhiteboard.co.nz / ph 04 4999550
The Dulux Futuna Lecture by Ric Leplastrier Architect (Australia) / 15 CPD points
Recipient of the Dreyer Foundation Prize 2009
http://www.ozetecture.org/oze_NEW_portfolio_richard.html
Cost: $25.00 NZIA members / $30.00 non NZIA members / $10.00 Arch Students (limited spaces available)
Time: 6:00pm to 7:30pm
To Book: The Whiteboard Ltd / mail@thewhiteboard.co.nz / ph 04 4999550
SUNDAY 20TH MARCH
Architects at Futuna / 25 CPD Points
Cost: $25.00 NZIA members / $30.00 non NZIA members / $10.00 Arch Students Free (limited spaces available)
Time: 9:30am registration and introductions, talks 10:00am to 1:00pm
Participants: Peter Beaven, Ian Athfield, Gerald Melling, David Mitchell, John Walsh (Communications Manager, NZIA)
To Book: The Whiteboard Ltd / mail@thewhiteboard.co.nz / ph 04 4999550
Public Open Day and Musical Performance
Cost: Koha
Time: 1:30pm to 4:30pm ( Music 2:00pm to 2:30pm)
Refreshments: Available for purchase Saturday and Sunday
Peter's selection of Futuna is timely, as the Futuna Trust is organising celebrations for the chapel's 50th anniversary in mid-March. Most importantly, the chapel will be open to the public on Sunday March 20, a terrific opportunity to see inside this fantastic structure. Here are the programme details (which are also available at http://www.futunatrust.org.nz/):
 
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