SPACES | TELL STORIES OF WHAT IT IS TO BE HUMAN

As a biologist, the environment is characterised by the natural world that an organism finds itself subjected to – with organisms having limited means by which it can alter its immediate environment. The environment in this sense is somewhat fixed.
But, we are human; we are the exception.

We have been given the power and authority to be unconstrained by our natural environment, to 'govern over it' rather than exclusively be 'governed by it'. In this light, I think of the places that we occupy and alter – for good or for bad – as 'spaces'. It sounds a bit more open-ended – like a place of potential.

Here's the kicker; spaces tell stories - sometimes without the need for explanation from the people who occupy them. Most of these stories end up being less about the space and more about what it means to be human.

Here you will find, and join with me in exploration, a collection of spaces I have found myself in – spaces that have told me something of what it is to be human.
CIUDAD DE LAS ARTES Y LAS CIENCIAS
Architecture
Valencia, Spain
During my volunteer time in Spain I was able to do a bit of city exploration. The City of Arts and Science was hot on my radar - Spain being known world-wide for some of its jaw dropping architecture. Designed by Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candela the 'City of Arts and Sciences' was completed in 1998 and most of its architecture draws inspiration from nature - be it an eye or the skeleton of a whale.

As a biologist im always grateful to see how nature has directed some of the greatest feats of human creativity - this is how we honour what has been given to us. Just being in this space was a total mind bender. If you've ever played any of the Final Fantasy games you'll instantly feel teleported.

AUCKLAND UNIVERSITY of TECHNOLOGY
Architecture
Auckland, NZ
THE RIVERBANK LANE
collective space
Hamilton, NZ
A city is the cultural hub of a community. The 298 Victoria Street space has a mix of businesses from Talking Tech to Fox Kennedy Barbers and a new Rocket Coffee premises. "There's no reason why we can't have access to the best food and beverages in the world and produce much of it here ourselves, and that's what we are trying to do." - G. Woodcock & G. Crompton (The Gurus behind RocketCoffee).
GOOD ONE
Cafe
Auckland, NZ
Situated just off the main strip of shops on Ponsonby Road, Auckland, GOOD ONE cafe exhibits an exceptional interior fit out, complete with it owns brewing room! This is for the A-list 'hipster'.
Since the time of the shoot, Good One Cafe has permanently retired
RAGLAN SOCIAL CLUB
cafe
Raglan, NZ
Raglan is one of those small town communities that has its own charm just from being . . . small. Some of that charm comes from having spaces with big city class - the perfect balance between sleek minimalist interior design mixed with art culture.

PADDOCK
cafe
Cambridge, NZ
When Matt & Lisa first opened Paddock they aimed to provide a fresh distinct space where people could grab great food and world-class coffee on the run. Based in the Waikato, naturally the name 'Paddock' holds its own philosophy that instantly gels with local trade. Using local seasonal & organic fruit and vegetables and free range meats - Paddock taste is honest and reliable. And of coarse they only deal with Supreme Coffee. Paddock continues to be the talk of the town - two years strong.


THE VITRINE

Industrial Design
Auckland, NZ
The small team behind The Vitrine are cleaver bastards; biannually jumping on a plane to raid Europe of some of its finest prehistoric tables, chairs, lamps, lockers, glassware et al. - at dirt cheap Euro prices, cramming it all into a container to ship back to the shores of NZ where they restore, re-list and re-home their loot for the lovers of industrial interior design. If your wallet is as big as your love for industrial design, then the Vitrine will be be your playground!