19 Sep 2022

Is there a building in Christchurch that has always intrigued you? Then nominate it for inclusion in next year’s Open Christchurch event.

The popular one-weekend-only celebration of architectural excellence is scheduled to return on 6 and 7 May 2023 to shine the light on Christchurch’s buildings of architectural, cultural and historical significance.

Jessica Halliday, director of Te Pūtahi Centre for Architecture and City Making, which organises Open Christchurch, says now is the time for people to share their inside knowledge and love of Ōtautahi’s best buildings by putting them forward for inclusion in next year’s event.

“We’d love to hear from architecture enthusiasts, curious neighbours, architects and designers, building owners and tenants - this is an open call to tell us what buildings or places you’d love to see included in Open Christchurch 2023,’’ says Dr Halliday.

Te Pūtahi’s Building Council will make the final selection of buildings and sites that will be showcased in Open Christchurch 2023.

It will consider the many ways in which buildings can be exceptional, including design excellence, rarity, contribution to the city’s history and sense of place, significance to Māori architecture and history, innovation, sustainability, and heritage significance.

The nominations form and the complete list of building criteria can be found on the Open Christchurch website.

Nominations close on 30 September 2022. The nomination process is simple. It just requires permission from the building owner and occupier. Being nominated is not a commitment to participate.