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Te Papa Tongarewa


Te Papa is a bi-cultural institution in its organisational structure, exhibitions concept and its architecture. The final design brief centred on the Exhibitions Concept Plan developed by specialist exhibition designers, which expressed bi-cultural relationships through distinctive land settlement patterns of Aotearoa New Zealand. Thus, the Tangata Whenua Maori areas are facing North and the openness of the harbour, while the Tangata Tiriti Settler areas are aligned to the gridded street pattern of the early European settlers.

For Ivan there was never a line in the sand, he would always seek to find another way, but there was an immense will of iron in there.

— Pip Cheshire Former Jasmax Principal
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