I am not "old" or "against progress", I'm 39 and a successful
Internet entrepreneur. I moved from Auckland to Dunedin for
the amazing heritage vibe and environment. If I wanted to
live among giant glass covered Miami cereal boxes I would
have moved to Miami where my Sister lives (It's certainly
warmer!). I make a living from "progress" in technology so I
am no stranger to the concept and execution of progress.
This project is simply not a good fit for Dunedin nor is it
progress. In my opinion it's a textbook external developer
money dump write off at our expense (hence the secrecy and
abysmal design). I spent 12yrs in Auckland where this sort of
thing is rife and many of these projects turn to custard,
usually the rate payer and those who bought units stuck with
the bill and dramas. There are leaky half empty developments
all over Auckland.
In my opinion the supporters of this thing are either
innocently naive or have a vested interest. They've been
caught like deer in headlights with the jazzy presentation
and promises of economic boom. No one against this
monstrosity is against progress for Dunedin or against 5-star
accommodation for Dunedin. Please get it through your head.
Your idea of accommodation "progress" for Dunedin is a
massive shiny out of place monster over taking the harbour.
This thing does not work anymore than large poodles spray
My idea of progress for Dunedin accommodation is central city
5-star hotels that are 3-5 stories tall and modelled after
the Savoy London. Something that is actually 5-star, central,
elegant, modern, classy and compliments the heritage vibe of
Dunedin. However, that business model does not provide these
secret external developers with a maximum ROI, so they opt
for the giant shiny box to maximize profit (somehow you think
they are maximizing progress which I find bizarre). So sadly
uninspiring this building is.
Funny how none of these developers will have to live with
this massive object towering over their city. Also, the
artist renderings are a complete sham to the trained eye,
very careful not to show how huge and imposing this building
is. In most images it is shown from a high angle and made to
Remember when Apple released the iPhone and ensured their
hand model had big hands making the phone appear more
compact? The images and videos of the proposed building are
using every marketing trick in the book, to make the
structure appear less invasive to the surroundings. Much of
the scenery and surrounding buildings changed and manipulated
to further reduce the impact.
Please, some of us weren't born yesterday. Don't be so naive
and quick to embrace a jazzy power point presentation from
strangers. This is your city, expect more for your city than
a secret cookie cutter development.