TAKAPŌ, NEW ZEALAND
DARK SKY PROJECT TAKAPŌ OBSERVATORY
HOW RLB’S FRESH PERSPECTIVES HELP US SEE FURTHER INTO THE FIRMAMENT
Nestled between glacial-carved mountains and glittering stars, Dark Sky Project’s Takapō Observatory is a meeting of heaven and earth. The building, named Rehua after the brightest star and eldest child of the Maori gods, is a new centre for astronomy tourism on New Zealand’s South Island. The clarity of constellations that streak across our southern skies are breathtaking – and the building designed to soak up the stars is just as awe-inspiring.
WALTZING MATILDA CENTRE
A MODERN MASTERPIECE FOR AN ANCIENT LANDSCAPE: Waltzing Matilda Centre captures the spirit of a song
Deep in the red earth country of western Queensland lies the small town of Winton and the first museum in the world dedicated to a song, Banjo Paterson’s 1895 bush ballad Waltzing Matilda. But after the Waltzing Matilda Centre was destroyed in a 2015 fire, the town lost the museum’s historic contents and a treasured tourist drawcard.