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Timber Design Awards

Pukeahu National War Memorial Park Pavillions

After a design competition instigated by the Ministry for Culture and Heritage in 2008, and won by Wraight Athfield Landscape Architecture, Pukeahu National War Memorial Park was completed for the 2015 Anzac Day centenary of the Gallipoli landings.

After a design competition instigated by the Ministry for Culture and Heritage in 2008, and won by Wraight Athfield Landscape Architecture, Pukeahu National War Memorial Park was completed for the 2015 Anzac Day centenary of the Gallipoli landings.

Conceived as part of the holistic design, two pavilion structures located adjacent to Tory and Taranaki Streets form intimately scaled gateway structures to the park. Their reliance on a dominant roof form acknowledges the indigenous architectures of the Pacific Marae and Falē, creating places of meeting and gathering within the landscape along the main ceremonial and processional routes. The folding shape and orientation of the pavilion roofs was conceived as a site specific response to view and movement lines through the park.

Clad in copper and lined with native hardwood timber, each pavilion roof is supported on four slender strut-like columns that deftly step over the grounded concrete walls beneath. Prized for its workability and longevity in Maori culture, sustainably sourced Totara provided a meaningful cultural reference within the context of this sensitive site. Overlaid to the soffits as a graphic pattern, reminiscent of traditional weaving patterns, the timber modules provide both an appropriately scaled texture in the landscape setting while responding to issues of on-site constructability and material sourcing. In turn each steel cruciform column is inlaid with laminated Totara and formed with notches concealing recessed up-lights, and capped at their top and bases with patinaed brass plates.