Opportunity to take a look at Christchurch’s prized architectural gems

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The Tūranga City Central Library is one of the buildings on display as part of the architecture festival.

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The Tūranga City Central Library is one of the buildings on display as part of the architecture festival.

Ever wanted to peek inside some of Christchurch’s most treasured architectural gems?

During the last weekend of April, more than 40 of the city’s most extraordinary buildings – spanning a variety of ages, styles and uses – will open to the public, allowing people to step inside and marvel at the design and architecture.

Dubbed the Open Christchurch Festival of Architecture, the event is mostly free except for a few buildings, which are private residences, and requires a $5 booking fee to control privacy and attendance.

This year marks the second edition of this festival after its debut in 2021.

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The full list of buildings that are walkable will be released next month.

Buildings on display include the Tūranga Central Municipal Library and Christchurch City Council’s Te Hononga Civic Office.

The event is being run by the Te Pūtahi Center for Architecture and City Making, a non-profit independent group formed after the earthquakes.

Director Jessica Halliday said the event would take place between April 30 and May 1 when it is safe to go ahead.

Christchurch City Council's Te Hononga Civic Office on Hereford Street will also be part of the festival.

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Christchurch City Council’s Te Hononga Civic Office on Hereford Street will also be part of the festival.

“Given the circumstances, this year’s edition will be different, but experiencing great architecture will still be at the forefront,” she said.

Halliday said a range of activities would be on offer that would facilitate a “deeper immersion” into the buildings.

“This includes expert tours, exhibits, self-discovery audio tours and activities for youth,” Halliday said.

The 2021 edition of the event saw around 10,000 visits across 46 buildings.

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