Keen to visit old hangouts or discover new spaces? Explore the unique nooks and crannies of a modern university, including parts of its original city campus, as the 149-year-old University of Canterbury (UC) opens its architecturally designed doors for Open Christchurch 2022.

You’re invited to tour four of the University of Canterbury’s distinctive buildings on its Ilam campus on Sunday 1 May, during Open Christchurch’s live architectural weekend in Ōtautahi.

Join a celebration of our architecture on the Ilam Campus to discover and explore high-tech John Britten, brutalist Forestry, colourful revolutionary Rehua and soaring, enduring Puaka-James Hight (Central Library).

The 2022 Open Christchurch architectural festival includes the University’s original campus, purpose-built in Gothic Revival style for Canterbury College from 1873, now home to the Arts Centre, on Worcester Blvd. This heritage site is opening the Great Hall, the rebuilt Observatory, and Physics & Biology buildings for the festival weekend.

Run by Te Pūtahi Centre for Architecture and City Making, Open Christchurch celebrates Christchurch’s most exceptional architecture by opening over 40 buildings to the public for free on 30 April & 1 May. Check out which other buildings are opening their doors in our city here:

Explore the city’s unique buildings that are opening their doors in @openchch architectural festival 2022. We’re excited to show off 4 of @UCNZ’s boldest buildings, take a sneak peak:

John Britten: