Future Islands is about the practice and promise of architecture in this country – a small, open society that is diverse, changing and economically (and seismically) vulnerable. In the exhibition, a grouping of floating forms – light, tough shells fabricated by a boat-building company – occupy a sea of space.
It is designed as a navigational experience: an installation to be moved through. Visitors are free to make their own inter-island connections – there’s no prescribed route.
The exhibition makes the case for architectural exploration. It includes projects at very different scales, from large social and educational buildings by New Zealand’s biggest architectural firms to tiny structures designed and built by recent graduates.
Photos: Sam Hartnett