We are currently in Beta version and updating this search on a regular basis. We’d love to hear your feedback here.

Nga Purapura / Tennent + Brown

Nga Purapura / Tennent + Brown
© Paul McCredie
© Paul McCredie
  • Architects: Tennent + Brown
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  3000 Area:  3000
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2012 Year:  2012
  • Photographs photographs:  Paul McCrediePhotographs:  Paul McCredie

© Paul McCredie© Paul McCredie© Paul McCredie© Paul McCredie+ 13

  • Engineers:Dunning Thornton Consultants
  • Building Services:E Cubed Building Workshop
  • Landscape:Wraight & Associates
  • City:Otaki
  • Country:New Zealand
More SpecsLess Specs

Text description provided by the architects. The design strategy uses the holistic model of Māori health- ‘Te Whare tapa Whā’ (the four sides of the house) -as a form generator for the building. This conceptual model addresses the need for physical (tinana), mental and emotional (hinengaro), spiritual (wairua), and social (whānau), aspects of life -all to be addressed and in balance for wellbeing. The design represents this model with a four folded roof creating spaces with associated functions leaning against the neutral form of the sports hall.

© Paul McCredie
© Paul McCredie

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 also expressed in the nohopuku space, being in the form of a kākano (seed).

© Paul McCredie
© Paul McCredie

The Kaupapa panels, sandblasted into the external sports hall walls were designed by Te Wānanga –O-Raukawa students. The project delivers a new type of learning centre focused on the aim of Te Wānanga to deliver sports, nutrition and lifestyle learning in an environment that embraces the wider community and gives expression to Tikanga Māori.

Plan
Plan

Project gallery

See allShow less

Project location

Address:Ōtaki, New Zealand

Click to open map
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address.
About this office
Cite: "Nga Purapura / Tennent + Brown" 30 Jul 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/405034/nga-purapura-tennent-brown> ISSN 0719-8884
© Paul McCredie

Nga Purapura / Tennent + Brown

You've started following your first account!

Did you know?

You'll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.