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Gingerbread house in Our Place

We have been hearing about a (large!) gingerbread house which word on the street said had been constructed inside Te Papa Tongarewa (meaning Our Place – New Zealand’s National Museum, situated on Wellington’s waterfront). We always love hanging out at Te Papa – regardless of what special exhibitions are on, the long-term exhibitions and art are consistently engaging and interesting – but put baking, Christmas and museum altogether in one, and we knew we had to get down there and check it out for ourselves. So that’s what we did tonight (long may Te Papa’s late nights on Thursdays last!). The house has been constructed to encourage donations to the Wellington Children’s Hospital – gingerbread house making kits are available to buy at the museum. Click on the photos below to check out what we found… (look for the photos with the details of the building and baking, quite astounding!)…

The gorgeous Te Papa gingerbread house was baked by Te Papa’s Executive Chef, Bernd Lippmann and constructed, installed and decorated by the chef along with a dedicated team – see how they did it in the video below! The house fills the museum with a delicious “it’s Christmas!” smell of warm spices, and it is clear that the team who decorated the house has an eye for detail.

The house bought a huge smile to my face when I saw it, and was a nice reminder of the European Christmases we have the pleasure of enjoying for the past two years in the Netherlands. Seeing this gingerbread house also took me back to very happy memories of the gingerbread house competition which takes place annually in Sweden with a different theme each year and is exhibited at the Arkitekturmuseet in Stockholm. I loved exploring that exhibition back in 2006, and would happily do so again in the future (If you are intrigued, some photos from the 2010 round of the competition are here). Back to the Te Papa gingerbread house, whilst there were no witches about (a la Hansel and Gretel), some familiar looking trolls which have been seen elsewhere in Wellington recently were standing just a stones’ throw away…

Weta Workshop's masterfully crafted William, Tom and Bert - now Te Papa Trolls

Weta Workshop’s masterfully crafted William, Tom and Bert of The Hobbit fame – now Te Papa Trolls

Photos by CIA at Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, New Zealand, 13 December 2012.

4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Amazing! I have trouble assembling a small gingerbread house. This one’s a feat of engineering! Thanks for sharing, 😉 xoM

    December 14, 2012
    • I’ve never made gingerbread, but I am now keen to try. I might try to keep the scale a little smaller though (where would I get so much allspice?!).

      December 17, 2012
  2. Nienke Verhoeks #

    Awesome! Do tell me they will eat this house eventually…. Hand it out to children on the street or whatever…. Just looks too good to not eat 😉
    This also reminds me of an TLC show called Cake Boss 🙂 He made cakes on fire and everything, quite amazing!


    December 15, 2012
    • The chef who made it said they are working on a plan to deal with the house, but nothing is detailed yet. If they are planning to give it away for eating, believe me, we’ll be there with bells on!

      December 17, 2012

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