A key part of the Christchurch City regeneration project, Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre stands proud as a gathering space for locals and international visitors alike. Designed with the intention of building social, cultural and economic connections between the Ōtautahi Christchurch region and the world, the centre will play host to a variety of events within the walls of its 1400-delegate auditorium, 3600 sqm exhibition hall, and 1600 sqm of meeting rooms.
A collaborative effort from architects Woods Bagot and Warren and Mahoney, the building design is inspired by the braided rivers of the Canterbury Plains, patterns and colours common in the local Ngāi Tahu iwi tradition, and neo-gothic architectural conventions—a trademark of the Christchurch cityscape. Speaking to the design, an excerpt from Warren and Mahoney’s case study on the project reads, “The concept of braided rivers was a key driver for the façade of the building. Fluid and organic in nature, they wrap their way around the building defining entryways and revealing framed views of the surrounding context.”