Auckland architecture is known for its stunning architecture, and one of the best examples of this is the iconic Te Papa.
While the building itself is only about 10 metres tall, its façade is made up of a series of vertical ribbons that run along its length.
These ribbons form an architectural illusion, making the building look like a miniature theatre.
Architect John Gee has captured the illusion in his images of the Te Papa in his film, Architectural Photography.
“The structure was created by combining two sets of ribbons, one horizontal, one vertical, creating the illusion of a stage,” Gee told CBC.
“And when you look closely at the ribbons of the facade, it’s very difficult to tell which one you’re looking at.”
Gee said the building was a landmark in Auckland for about 70 years, but it had fallen into disrepair.
“I had this idea of creating a film that would show the history of the building, and it was actually built around the time I was going through my final year of the university,” Gie said.
“But after a while, I realised that it’s actually been in the ground for about 60 years.”
Gie and his team have made several trips around the world to document the building’s history.
The film is a collaboration between Gee, New Zealand-based photographer Matthew Golladay and his partner, architect John Gae.
Gee also collaborated with architects and designers from other countries, including the United States, France and Italy.
The project is currently in post-production.
Gie is the first to take advantage of the fact that his film can be shared on YouTube, where it has been viewed more than 2.6 million times.
Gollaysen, Gee and Gee are also the subjects of a short documentary, Architecture in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, which will be released on YouTube on August 20.
“It’s a unique opportunity to show what is happening in the world today and give you a glimpse of what is going on in the future,” Gollay told CBC News.
“Architectural Photography was born out of necessity,” Gaid said.
Gaid is working on the documentary, which has been released on a number of platforms.
He said it was important for the film to reflect the work of architects, and for the viewer to be able to understand what that meant in the building.
“This film will give you the inside story of the architectural photographers, the work that they do, and also the people that work with them,” Gai said.
The first film to be released was a collaboration with Japanese architects Yoshitaka Omori, who was born in New Zealand and now lives in Japan.
The collaboration included the construction of a 3-metre-high replica of the Maori temple of Te Wharemata in Auckland.
The new film, meanwhile, will explore the history and impact of architecture.
“Our goal was to find out what the history was of architecture in New York City, but also what the people who created it were doing and the people around them,” said Gee.
“We want to get a little bit of that history out into the world.”
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