Sunday, April 12, 2009

The Beehive, Wellington, New Zealand

The Beehive is the common name for the Executive Wing of the New Zealand Parliament Buildings, located at the corner of Molesworth Street and Lambton Quay, Wellington.

The building is ten storeys (72 m) high. It houses offices of prime minister and other cabinet ministers.

The Beehive's circular footprint (rotunda) is an elegant and attractive design feature. However it is also quite impractical, as many of its rooms are wedge-shaped or asymmetrical, with desks and other office furniture at awkward angles.

The Beehive's brown roof is constructed from 20 tonnes of hand-welded copper. It has developed a naturally weathered appearance.

The Beehive is extensively decorated with New Zealand art, notably a large stained glass window in the foyer.

Architect : Basil Spence

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