Happy birthday, Sky Tower.
This lanky Auckland landmark turned 15 years old this month. It’s very tall for its age; at 328 metres it was, for a while, the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere. Like many other 15 year olds it craves popularity – and with 300,000 visitors a year it’s certainly not missing out on that.
Conversely, while the typical teenager is prone to losing their rag at the slightest provocation, the Sky Tower was built to withstand 200 km/hr winds, an 8.0 earthquake and – as we were reminded a couple of days ago – the odd bit of lightning.
Check out the Sky Tower’s official website (it’s waayyy too cool for Bebo) for more crazy but true facts.
For many of us, it’s hard to imagine the Auckland skyline without that giant church spire/hypodermic needle, as it has been described at various times. So this NZ Herald piece with pre and post 1997 shots of the city was a bit of an eye opener.
Knowing our Open2view team takes photographs for love as well as money, I thought I’d see if they had any interesting Sky Tower and other Auckland pictures stored away. As always, they delivered – and my inbox was soon filled with shots of Auckland in a wide variety of moods.
Because I’m the only one with this blog’s password, here’s a selection of my favourites. Click a pic for a better view and more information.
While you’re here, learn more about the Open2view photographers who took these shots: