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“We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.” Winston Churchill

So, for the record I support Precinct Properties’ planned $550 million 35-level Auckland tower (it’s the glass fronted building in the middle of the image below).  It will change downtown Auckland – for the better.  It will give us underground rail tunnels, a new shopping complex and more office space.  But given the location and opportunity surely they could have pushed the boat out a bit and come up with something a lot more interesting/engaging/iconic…..

At least that’s what I thought when I was reading (in the same week) about The Rotterdam Windwheel (image above) which is a huge circular wind energy converter that houses apartments, a hotel and a giant coaster ride.

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