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2018 Canterbury Architecture Awards Winner

The Wool Exchange (1964)

Everyone likes woollen socks and most people love a lamb roast. In this building from 1962 the auctioneers’ podium has become a lectern for preaching; the square plan that handled hectic rural auctions now accommodates a Chinese religious congregation with ease. The skylight and stairs are exciting architectural moves in an otherwise stolid structure built for endurance like a tight-head prop. In a post-earthquake city, this building has reinforced to the public the message that architecture can endure adversity.

 
Practice
Warren and Mahoney Architects Ltd
Category
Enduring Architecture
Location
Canterbury
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