Newlands Community Centre / CCM Architects

Newlands Community Centre / CCM Architects

Newlands Community Centre / CCM ArchitectsNewlands Community Centre / CCM ArchitectsNewlands Community Centre / CCM ArchitectsNewlands Community Centre / CCM Architects+ 24

  • Architects: CCM Architects ; Engineers: Spencer Holmes Structural, Michael Stretton Building Services
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2008

Text description provided by the architects. This project is a community centre for the people in the outer residential suburb of Newlands, Wellington. The site is at the back of a small suburban shopping centre and immediately adjacent a tavern (it is actually built on one of the taverns old carpark areas.) CCM Architects was commissioned to provide a design that met the aspirations of the Newlands Community.

Carried out over a period of two years the issues were many and varied. The design solutions needed to address the following issues

Identity; This is a strong community who wanted to have pride in their community centre.

Urban Design; The site is at the back of an older suburban shopping area and the urban form needed transform and reinforce a street presence from what was essentially a sea of asphalt.

Site Contour and Orientation; The site had a cross fall of three metres. This needed to accommodate level access for people with disabilities.

Street Presence; The site is situated on a back street. It was critical that the building be easily identified from a distance. The 3 metre cross fall dictated the entry location to the southern side of the building in the right of way adjacent the tavern. So it was a critical issue to ensure the entrance although around a corner, was signalled from the street and easy to locate for visitors.

Community; With many varied and competing interests the design had to provide a functionality that accommodated the communities outline brief.

Cost; Being publicly funded the project required transparent processes that were cost effective.

Ongoing Maintenance; The project needed to be easily maintained over the long term.

The building has been open since late last year and is proving a destination and popular venue for the community.

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Address:Newlands, Wellington, New Zealand

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Cite: "Newlands Community Centre / CCM Architects" 19 Jul 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/29323/newlands-community-centre-ccm-architects> ISSN 0719-8884
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