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Canterbury Museum reveals dramatic $195m revamp designs

The new proposed atrium space will feature a blue whale skeleton suspended from the ceiling.

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The new proposed atrium space will feature a blue whale skeleton suspended from the ceiling.

A $195 million, five-year redevelopment of the Canterbury Museum would see a soaring blue whale skeleton and two whare in a dramatic new welcome space.

The museum has released bold new designs for the central Christchurch attraction ahead of a planned resource consent application next month. The project needs another $70m.

The complete revamp of the ailing building on Rolleston Ave would include demolishing large parts of the museum built from the 1950s to the 1990s.

Canterbury Museum’s reception/foyer space as it looks currently.

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Canterbury Museum’s reception/foyer space as it looks currently.

The 19th century heritage buildings would be retained and restored, along with part of the 1970s wing overlooking the Botanic Gardens and part of the 1950s building on Rolleston Ave.

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Black bathrooms are everywhere right now. Stylish, sophisticated and so easy to match with other shades, black is the trending color we are seeing the most in the dreamy bathrooms of Instagram. And if the Instagrammers are loving it, we want in. So here are some fabulous black bathroom ideas to inspire you to follow suit.



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Designing your space from scratch? Check out our bathroom ideas page for plenty of inspiration and to start putting your dream plans into action. And if you are feeling brave check out our colorful bathroom ideas too. 

1. Pick out a black roll top bath

Roll top baths are a big investment, so choosing a versatile, neutral color that will go with anything if tastes change is a great idea. But rather than traditional white, why not opt for black for a design that’s equally flexible and amenable

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