The iconic new buildings reflect New Lynn’s geography and heritage. Inspiration from the west coast bush can be seen in the medical centre’s triangular precast concrete panels and the panel edge colours match Crown Lynn tea saucers. The cladding of the car park takes it cue from west coast beaches and the air vents reference those of the 1969 Holden Monaro.
|Ref: JTD-11N-04189-3, New Lynn railway station, West Auckland Research Centre|
|Ref: JTD-11G-01845, clay pits at New Lynn, 1963, West Auckland Research Centre|
By 1852, the first west Auckland brickyard was established on the Whau Creek. During the 1870s, 13 brickyards were established along the Whau Creek on waterways, including Monier Brickworks which continues to operate today.
|Ref: JTD-11K-02335, boating on the Whau Creek, c. 1900s, West Auckland Research Centre|
|Ref: JTD-11G-04032, Astley Tannery, 1969, West Auckland Research Centre|
Ceramco House was built in the 1960s and became the most dominant player in the clay industry. The brick building still stands today. By 1970 Crown Lynn had become the biggest pottery manufacturer in the southern hemisphere, with 500 staff turning out 15 million pieces of china each year. However in 1989
Crown Lynn shut down manufacture.
|Ref: JTD-11G-01588, Crown Lynn entrance, 1959, West Auckland Research Centre|