17 Aug 2016

Wellington Council hooked by $150m museum design

3:32 pm on 17 August 2016

The Wellington City Council has chosen a $150 million sculptural design for the city's movie museum and convention centre.

The planned new building, as seen from Wakefield Street.

The planned new building, which represents Te Upoko o te Ika Māui, as seen from Wakefield Street. Photo: Supplied

Councillors unanimously agreed to go with the more expensive design, in a debate which excluded the public.

Earlier this year, it provisionally approved $135m for the project.

Deputy mayor Justin Lester said the increased cost could be absorbed into the annual plan.

The building would be clad in aluminium panels designed to mimic the scales of a fish.

Two designs for Wellington's Movie Museum and Conference Centre near Te Papa have been released.

The original design, (pictured), was expected to cost $135m. Photo: Supplied / WCC

Mr Lester said negotiations with Peter Jackson's movie museum company had a November deadline, at which point an edited version of the business case for the project would be released.

He said work on the building should start early next year.

The building would be owned by the council, and the movie museum would be a tenant on the first two floors, with the 1000-plus-seat convention centre on the top floor.

Two designs for Wellington's Movie Museum and Conference Centre near Te Papa have been released.

The chosen design has aluminium panels designed to mimic scales. Photo: Supplied / WCC