Topic: The Town Ball Restaurant & Bar, 52 Manchester Street, Christchurch
The Town Ball Restaurant & Bar at 52 Manchester Street was a post quake short lived venue that operated for 2 years till closing in June 2014.
The four storey high inflatable rugby ball was widely known from its previous life as a showcase for New Zealand’s assets. It travelled through Paris, London, Tokyo and Sydney before landing on the Auckland waterfront in time for the 2011 Rugby World Cup. After the victorious celebration from the All Blacks win its work as a travelling exhibition was done. It wound up on a new central city site on Manchester Street in Christchurch for the Town Ball Restaurant & Bar.
Three small portable buildings were joined to create one large 90 square-metre kitchen. A walkway connected this space to the ball for quick, easy access.