The will of an epoch?

Downtown Auckland, from Devonport Ferry. Image: Su Leslie

Last week for Debbie’s One Word Sunday, I showed you the lovely old Ferry Terminal in Auckland — only slightly dwarfed by its new neighbours.

This week the theme is new — so I’m giving a bit more context. At street level, it’s clear that some heritage architecture remains, but as with most cities, new-builds dominate the skyline.

Leaving the city behind; view from departing ferry. Image: Su Leslie

The Ferry Terminal is still partly visible behind some white sheds, but steel and glass rule in 21st century Auckland.

“Architecture is the will of an epoch translated into space.” — Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

For a slightly different take on “new”, the photo below of the Ferry Terminal was taken in 1916.

The catalogue description says:

Looking south from the jib of a floating crane near Queens Wharf over the city towards Karangahape Road and Mt Eden, showing Quay Street West along foreshore, with the Ferry Building (left), Auckland Harbour Board offices, Albert Street (to the right), Auckland Sailors Home (extreme right), and the Ferry Wharf with the ferries Kestrel, Britannia, Pupuke and Osprey (from left to right)

Photo Credit: Winkelmann, Henry. Taken 12 January 1916. Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 1-W1732

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26 thoughts on “The will of an epoch?

  1. It’s interesting to see the three different views/times. I’m glad we live in a suburb and not a big city. I prefer the walls of my canyons to be made of rock, not buildings. 🙂 At least Chicago has lots of green spaces and of course, our suburb has lots of trees and parks.


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  3. When you look at old photos of Australian or Kiwi cities, one can tell that they are from a past era. Yet the skyline in the old parts of the cities in Europe hardly changes, yet somehow photos of it look modern. We have colour photography but it has a different feel. I can’t put my finger on it. I am glad that some of the old architecture remains. I have not been to Auckland, close to it, but not in it. Thanks for showing a little bit.

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