Friday, October 30, 2015
Queenstown architect Fred Van Brandenburg recounted his journey from “stage set architecture” to architecture inspired by nature, triggered by a “cathartic moment” in 2004 while looking around Gaudi’s Park Guell in Barcelona.
“No other space or man-made objects have inspired me so. I saw structural solutions created by intersecting forms that seemed spontaneous; so natural – yet controlled by specific geometry. What I saw on that day in 2004 was the source of a change within me, like an unfurling fern synonymous with the New Zealand emblem.”