Bookended by cameo appearances from the Queen and Robert Muldoon, this National Film Unit short offers a brief history of the various buildings that graced Wellington’s parliamentary lawns, before moving to the main event: the design and building of the Beehive. Plans are drawn up after acceptance of Scottish architect Sir Basil Spence’s “bold, circular design”. Then we watch as one of NZ’s most iconic structures is born from a gaping hole in the ground in 30 seconds of swift cuts. At the official launch, a still youthful looking Queen expresses her approval.
When I was here in 1974, this new executive wing of Parliament buildings had only been built to ground level. Now although there is still much to be done to it, the bold, imaginative and impressive design is evident.– Queen Elizabeth II, at the official opening of the Beehive
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