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The Beehive, Wellington

The Beehive is the common name for the Executive Wing of the New Zealand Parliament Buildings, located at the corner of Molesworth Street and Lambton Quay, Wellington. Credit for the design is usually given to Scottish architect Sir Basil Spence, who made a rough sketch on the back of a dinner napkin in 1964 while dining with Sir Keith Holyoake. The building was subsequently drafted and constructed by government departments and completed in 1981. Download high resolution version (766x916, 93 KB)Photo of the Beehive, Parliament Buildings, Wellington, New Zealand. ... Download high resolution version (766x916, 93 KB)Photo of the Beehive, Parliament Buildings, Wellington, New Zealand. ... The term Beehive can refer to several different things: Beehive (beekeeping) is a human-provided structure in which bees are induced to live and raise their young. ... The Beehive (left) and Parliament House (right), Wellington New Zealand Parliament Buildings houses the New Zealand Parliament and is situated on a 45,000 square metre site in and around the northern end of Lambton Quay, Wellington. ... Lambton Quay is the heart of the central business district of Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand. ... For other uses, see Wellington (disambiguation). ... Motto (Latin) No one provokes me with impunity Cha togar mfhearg gun dioladh (Scottish Gaelic) Wha daur meddle wi me?(Scots)1 Anthem (Multiple unofficial anthems) Scotlands location in Europe Capital Edinburgh Largest city Glasgow Official languages English, Gaelic and Scots1 Government Constitutional monarchy  -  Monarch Queen Elizabeth II... An architect at his drawing board, 1893 An architect is a person who is involved in the planning, designing and oversight of a buildings construction. ... Sir Basil Urwin Spence, OM, OBE, RA, (13 August 1907 – 19 November 1976) was a Scottish architect, most notably associated with Coventry Cathedral and the Beehive, but also responsible for numerous other buildings in the Modernist/Brutalist style. ... Back of a napkin sketch of the New Zealand Parliament Buildings by the architect Sir Basil Spence while dining with Keith Holyoake Back of a napkin is a phrase used to explain the proposal of something in a very informal and quick way. ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... The Right Honorable Sir Keith Jacka Holyoake, KG, GCMG, CH, QSO was a New Zealand politician. ...

The sketch by Sir Basil Spence for the planned Beehive
The sketch by Sir Basil Spence for the planned Beehive

The building is ten storeys (72 m) high. The top floor is occupied by the Cabinet offices, with the Prime Minister's offices on the ninth floor (and part of the eighth). Other floors contain the offices of individual cabinet ministers. Image File history File links Parlt-061. ... Image File history File links Parlt-061. ... Sir Basil Urwin Spence, OM, OBE, RA, (13 August 1907 – 19 November 1976) was a Scottish architect, most notably associated with Coventry Cathedral and the Beehive, but also responsible for numerous other buildings in the Modernist/Brutalist style. ... A cabinet is a body of high-ranking members of government, typically representing the executive branch. ... The Prime Minister of New Zealand is New Zealands head of government and is the leader of the party or coalition with majority support in the Parliament of New Zealand. ... Alternate meanings in cabinet (disambiguation) A Cabinet is a body of high-ranking members of government, typically representing the executive branch. ...


Other facilities within the building include function rooms such as a television studio, press theatre, and a banqueting hall, as well as service rooms, among which are the parliamentary catering facilities of Bellamy’s including a bar known as 3.2 (due to its position in the building), Copperfield's and the Member's and Guests restaurant. The building also houses, in its basement, the country’s main civil defence headquarters. The old American Civil Defense logo, used today federally only as a historical reminder on FEMAs seal, the triangle emphasises the 3-step Civil Defense philosophy used before the foundation of FEMA and Comprehensive Emergency Management. ...

Bowen House (left), the Beehive (centre) and Parliament (right)
Bowen House (left), the Beehive (centre) and Parliament (right)

The Beehive's circular footprint (rotunda) is an elegant and attractive design feature. However it is also quite impractical, as many of its rooms are wedge-shaped or asymmetrical, with desks and other office furniture at awkward angles. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1600x1200, 376 KB) Summary Bowen House, the Beehive and Parliament Licensing I, the creator of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1600x1200, 376 KB) Summary Bowen House, the Beehive and Parliament Licensing I, the creator of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1. ... A footprint is an impression left by a foot or shoe, for example an indentation in soft ground or snow, or a mark left by mud etc from the sole of the foot. ... In Mosta, Malta, the Rotunda of Santa Marija Assunta is covered by a saucer dome. ... Look up wedge in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... welcome:: This is an article about items in a room. ...


The Beehive's brown roof is constructed from 20 tonnes of hand-welded copper. It has developed a naturally weathered appearance. A tonne or metric ton (symbol t), sometimes referred to as a metric tonne, is a measurement of mass equal to 1,000 kilograms. ... General Name, Symbol, Number copper, Cu, 29 Chemical series transition metals Group, Period, Block 11, 4, d Appearance metallic pinkish red Standard atomic weight 63. ...


During the 1990s, there was a proposal to physically move the Beehive so as to allow for the extension of the Parliament Buildings. Due to public disapproval, this plan was never carried out.


A tunnel leads from the building under Bowen Street, linking the Beehive with parliamentary offices in Bowen House.


The Beehive is extensively decorated with New Zealand art, notably a large stained glass window in the foyer that commemorates the country's sesquicentennial in 1990. The Bath, a painting by Mary Cassatt (1844–1926). ... Strictly speaking, stained glass is glass that has been painted with silver stain and then fired. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ...


An extension has been built out the front to allow for a new security entrance. A new, bomb-proof, mail delivery room has already been built at the rear of the building.


External links

The proposed shifting of the Beehive and extension of Parliament House
The proposed shifting of the Beehive and extension of Parliament House
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  • history of NZ Parliament buildings

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