Category: 5. Interior Innovation
For innovative use of wood or a wood panel product as a signature feature, in a predominantly wood building, adding ambience, flair and practicality.
Tennent + Brown Architects, Dunning Thornton Consultants Ltd & Stanley Group - www.tennentbrown.co.nz
Te Wānanga-O-Raukawa, a Māori tertiary institution in Ōtaki required a building to fulfill its vision for courses focused on improving physical wellbeing for Māori. The brief called for 2 indoor sports courts, a cardio gym, nutrition training kitchen, classrooms and academic offices.
The brief also called for a space for developing new kawa (protocols) in support of the kaupapa (purpose) of the facility. This space is also to function as a nohopuku (reflective) space.
The whakataukī (proverb) that underlies Te Wānanga “E kore āu e ngaro hē kākano i ruia mai i Rangiātea” (I will never be lost, the seed which was sown from Rangiātea), is expressed in the nohopuku space, being in the form of a kākano (seed).
The use of plywood for the skin of the Kakano emphasised its organic nature, plywood allowed CNC machining perforations for sound and light as well as discrete fixing and clear finishing (intumescent) of the exterior skin.
The kakano is a shell structure made from a single 18mm ply layer screwed together with aluminium angles. The glass, acoustic insulation and decorative outer layer are packed off the structural inner skin. The form was fully designed scheduled in 3D CAD, and sent to the fabricators for CNC cutting. The form was factory pre-fabricated, and transported to site, where the outer skin was applied. All electrical and ventilation services are integrated into the finished timber form.