Topic: The Piano Centre for Music and the Arts

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The Piano, designed by architect Alun Wilkie and built by Leighs Construction was opened in September 2016 as a replacement for the Music Centre of Christchurch which was damaged in the Canterbury earthquakes of 2010/2011.

The Music Centre, in the former convent and chapel of the Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions at 140 Barbadoes Street, was used by the city's music community from 1994 to 2010 until it was rendered unsafe by the 22 February 2011 earthquake. The new building was subsequently commissioned and built with funding from a variety of sources.

Located in the performing arts precinct of the central city at 156 Armagh Street. Its striking design by Alun Wilkie of Wilkie+Bruce Architects  led the trustees to name the complex "The Piano" reflecting the curves and design details inspired by a grand piano. Leighs  Construction were appointed as builders in 2015 and it was completed in 2016. After consultation with Ngai Tahu it was given the Maori name Pipiwharauroa, the shining cuckoo, a signal of spring and new beginnings.

Further information and history at The Piano Centre fro Music and the Arts.

 


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