Category: 2. Commercial Architectural Excellence
For the innovative use of timber resulting in a distinctive visual impact on a commercial, industrial, or public building environment.
Jasmax, Euan Mac Kellar / Mark Craven - www.jasmax.com
Along the upper reaches of the Waitemata Harbour lies Sander’s Reserve . The surrounding landscape is a mix of roaming hills and gardens. The proposal was to create both a refuge and a vantage point within a Reserve that offers a variety of adventure sports, including horse-riding, mountain biking and kayaking.
The folded geometry of the wooden building evolved from the idea of the rustic barn, integrating it into the landscape of the Reserve through gentle intermediary transitions.
The building form defines the edge of the arrival court as a series of planes unfold from the ground to enclose the spaces within. The sun is captured from the north and views of the water are offered to the south.
The outside areas are created as the building traverses the lightly elevated contours. A generous covered terrace extends on the eastern aspect out to a children’s playground area.
Interior spaces are enveloped within the tension of the folded building roof form. A small kiosk that frames the dramatic vistas opens directly onto the covered terrace by way of large sliding glass doors.
The expansive eaves, high level louvered windows and roof lights provide for cool shade in the summer and natural ventilation and solar heat as required at different times of the year. The building fabric reinforces the idea of an organic response to the natural environment. This is achieved by using a combination of plywood, clear glass, Pinus Radiata and steel finished in rustic colours.