The Iconic AMP Building, Home of New Zealand Wine Centre - Napier, New Zealand

Old Drawing of the AMP Building





History of the amp building

The AMP building has been beautifully renovated to its former glory, and now features “the ultimate wine experience in New Zealand”, including aroma awareness rooms, wine appreciation theatres, wine museum and library and Napier’s only specialist wine shop.

The Australian Mutual Provident Society (AMP) was built by Louis Hay, to replace the previous building that was destroyed in the 1931 Napier earthquake. The building is one of Louis Hay’s finest works, with impressive interior and exterior features. Hay designed the interior of the building in its entirety; from magnificent doors, bronze grilles on counters, to a variety of hanging lamps and fixed wall lamps.

In 2008 the New Zealand Wine Centre was awarded an Art Deco merit award for the redevelopment of the AMP Building.

Margot Minétt, Chief Executive of the Art Deco Trust says, “ In a world where ‘coming of age’ is not always welcomed, it is wonderful that Angela and Chris Barons are embracing the very significant milestones of the County Hotel building reaching 100 years and the AMP building 75 years in 2009. The City of Napier is fortunate to have guardians whose respect and passion for the preservation of our iconic buildings, ensure the longevity of these historical treasures to the delight of the local community and tourist market.”

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