The story of a building that changes lives

Simon Wilson

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Hard cover


A place for hope and transformation

In 2022, HomeGround, the Auckland City Mission’s unique and visionary wrap-around social services complex, opened after being a dream for over 20 years.

Photographed by Mark Smith and with text by renowned writer Simon Wilson, and Professor Deidre Brown and Dr Karamia Muller of the University of Auckland’s School of Architecture, this book represents an enduring record of a remarkable building built for a remarkable organisation, created through the aroha and vision of many.

It documents and records a key moment in Aotearoa New Zealand, when a visionary social services agency, a committed architecture practice, courageous funders, and skilled construction specialists combined forces to create a facility that will transform the delivery of services to — and create hope for a better future for — Aucklanders in the greatest need.

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‘In an era with so much bad news, this is a genuinely happy story — and one which shows how uplifting good architecture can be’ — Jenny Nicholls, Waiheke Weekender

‘Although this is ostensibly an architecture book . . . it feels so much more like a collage of the people who make up HomeGround. After all, a building without people is basically a ruin-in-waiting. It’s here that Wilson really, truly shines – he’s able to capture a person’s essence quickly, economically, and then get out of the way to let them tell their story.’ — Sam Brooks, The Spinoff

  • CATEGORY: Art, design and architecture, Contemporary issues
  • ISBN: 9781991016041
  • PUBLISHER: Massey University Press
  • IMPRINT: Massey University Press
  • PUBLISHED: 01/12/2022
  • PAGE EXTENT: 256
  • FORMAT: Hard cover
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Simon Wilson is a senior writer with the New Zealand Herald.