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ClockTower Building
Auckland university
22 Princes St
Auckland
New Zealand.


Formerly known as the Old Arts building, the ClockTower was designed by Roy Alstan Lippincott, a Chicago-trained architect.

The 54-metre tower, faced with Mt Somers stone, was inspired by the famous Tom Tower of Christ Church, Oxford; and has come to symbolise the University. The octagonal interior is vaulted and galleried with a mosaic floor and piers.

Lippincott, who was resident in New Zealand between 1921 and 1939, crafted a number of the University’s significant buildings, including the custodian’s cottage, now known as the Lippincott Cottage, and the (Old) Biology Building. His most significant building, the Clock Tower, was commissioned as the result of an international competition for the University’s first purpose-built building on Princes Street.

Inspired by Lippincott’s association with Frank Lloyd Wright and the Prairie School in Chicago, the Clock Tower helped define the University’s architectural spirit, combining traditional architectural elements with local decorative motifs; flax flowers, ponga fronds and kaka can be found in the stone detailing.

Between 1985 and 1988, the main wing was totally renovated, strengthened and cleaned, regaining the whiteness which originally suggested the popular name of "the wedding cake". This major reconstruction work merited an award from the Institute of Architects.

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