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Timber Design Awards

Rotoroa Island Exhibition Centre

This small building on Rotoroa Island in the Hauraki Gulf houses an exhibition on the history of the island and incorporates a large covered verandah space that acts as a shelter for visitors.

Pearson & Associates Architects were commissioned to design the building and exhibition by the Rotoroa Island Trust, who are developing the island as a wildlife sanctuary and park and have opened it to the public for the first time in 100 years.
The Exhibition Centre is modeled on the simple forms of the NZ rural vernacular, especially hay barns – sometimes no more than a roof on sticks – and mimics their sheltering gesture over the land.
Untreated and uncoated timbers – Totara board and batten cladding and screens, Saligna decking and Ironbark balustrade stanchions – were used because of their durability, stability and ability to weather the harsh coastal environment naturally.