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Gisborne District Council Administration Building

  • Gisborne District Council Administration Building - Awarua is municipal facility that speaks of community, place and culture.
  • Gisborne District Council Administration Building - Awarua is municipal facility that speaks of community, place and culture.
  • Gisborne District Council Administration Building - Awarua is municipal facility that speaks of community, place and culture.
  • Gisborne District Council Administration Building - Awarua is municipal facility that speaks of community, place and culture.
  • Gisborne District Council Administration Building - Awarua is municipal facility that speaks of community, place and culture.
  • Gisborne District Council Administration Building - Awarua is municipal facility that speaks of community, place and culture.
  • Gisborne District Council Administration Building - Awarua is municipal facility that speaks of community, place and culture.
  • Gisborne District Council Administration Building - Awarua is municipal facility that speaks of community, place and culture.
  • Gisborne District Council Administration Building - Awarua is municipal facility that speaks of community, place and culture.
  • Gisborne District Council Administration Building - Awarua is municipal facility that speaks of community, place and culture.

"Awarua is municipal facility that speaks of community, place and culture."

2019 WINNER GISBORNE/ HAWKE'S BAY NZIA // LOCAL AWARDS // COMMERCIAL ARCHITECTURE

After extensive earthquake assessments, the original buildings at Fitzherbert Street were found to be unsafe. This process included development options analysis for Gisborne District Council and provided a process of staff and leadership engagement, with a particular focus on transitioning the team into a modern working and customer service environment. A complete rebuild of the main council building on its existing site also allowed for a comprehensive review of workplace strategy and analysis of the role of a future-focused council service centre.

The collaboration between Chow:Hill, Gisborne District Council, Gisborne Holdings and Lardelli Arts formed the basis for a project which saw Chow:Hill undertake a thorough and well-planned briefing and user group process, which included an interactive survey and consulting process with stakeholders to arrive at the final design. Tohunga Derek Lardelli, cultural design director, Lardelli Arts, guided the cultural influences incorporated into the design, namely the dual reality of who we are; the history of the people, and the diversity of the community of the Tairāwhiti region. Awarua is shaped in the form of a waka haurua (a twin-hulled canoe), the sides of the building replicating the curves of the waka paddled here and the ships that sailed here.

The completed project accommodates over 220 staff members on one level and was officially opened in February 2018 bringing all staff from various locations back into one purpose-built centre.

Contact Brian Rastrick