Te Puna o Waikato, Trust Waikato

Cultural Narrative Infused into Award-Winning Design

Te Puna o Waikato, Trust Waikato
Te Puna o Waikato, Trust Waikato
Te Puna o Waikato, Trust Waikato
Te Puna o Waikato, Trust Waikato

Project Credits

Client

Trust Waikato, Hamilton

Date Completed

2018

Sector

Public & Civic

Awards

2019 NZIA Awards
// Waikato, Bay of Plenty
// Commercial Architecture

Project Lead

Arthur Joe

Design Team
Chow:Hill’s design of Te Puna o Waikato, Trust Waikato’s headquarters, was recognised for its integration of contemporary, cultural and historical influences.

The location of Te Puna o Waikato, Trust Waikato ’s headquarters, adjoining the historic Kirikiriroa Pā site alongside the Waikato River, was always going to influence the design of this community organisation’s building. Using the rich cultural, historical and physical influences of the site, Chow:Hill Architects infused stories of the tangata whenua, Ngaati Wairere, into the modern design.

Completed in April 2018, the award-winning design of Te Puna o Waikato, Trust Waikato’s two-storey office building honours the heritage of its site: the Kirikiriroa Pā and Reserve, the historic homestead, protected trees and expansive river vistas.  

Significant external design features reinforce the collaborative community spirit underpinning the building’s design, including a large panoramic curtain wall window and a striking angled timber entry colonnade, inspired by niho taniwha design narratives.

A similar welcoming philosophy was applied to the landscape design. Trust Waikato Te Puna o Waikato’s goal was to open the site to the public and visitors, shaping the surrounding environment and encouraging a collaborative community environment.

This desire was achieved through the removal of overgrown vegetation and the transformation of a private garden into a public space available for all to use.

Photography by: Amanda Aitken

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Visit Resene's BlackWhite Magazine to read how the colour palette used for this project acknowledges the rich, historical significance of the land and adjacent Waikato river.

Te Puna o Waikato, Trust Waikato

Project Overview

Client

Trust Waikato, Hamilton

Status

2018

Chow:Hill’s design of Te Puna o Waikato, Trust Waikato’s headquarters, was recognised for its integration of contemporary, cultural and historical influences.

The location of Te Puna o Waikato, Trust Waikato ’s headquarters, adjoining the historic Kirikiriroa Pā site alongside the Waikato River, was always going to influence the design of this community organisation’s building. Using the rich cultural, historical and physical influences of the site, Chow:Hill Architects infused stories of the tangata whenua, Ngaati Wairere, into the modern design.

Completed in April 2018, the award-winning design of Te Puna o Waikato, Trust Waikato’s two-storey office building honours the heritage of its site: the Kirikiriroa Pā and Reserve, the historic homestead, protected trees and expansive river vistas.  

Significant external design features reinforce the collaborative community spirit underpinning the building’s design, including a large panoramic curtain wall window and a striking angled timber entry colonnade, inspired by niho taniwha design narratives.

A similar welcoming philosophy was applied to the landscape design. Trust Waikato Te Puna o Waikato’s goal was to open the site to the public and visitors, shaping the surrounding environment and encouraging a collaborative community environment.

This desire was achieved through the removal of overgrown vegetation and the transformation of a private garden into a public space available for all to use.

Photography by: Amanda Aitken

Read More

Visit Resene's BlackWhite Magazine to read how the colour palette used for this project acknowledges the rich, historical significance of the land and adjacent Waikato river.

Te Puna o Waikato, Trust WaikatoTe Puna o Waikato, Trust Waikato
Te Puna o Waikato, Trust WaikatoTe Puna o Waikato, Trust WaikatoTe Puna o Waikato, Trust Waikato
Te Puna o Waikato, Trust Waikato

Project Credits

Client

Te Puna o Waikato, Trust Waikato

Status

In Progress

Project Type

Public & Civic

Awards

2019 NZIA Awards
// Waikato, Bay of Plenty
// Commercial Architecture

 

Project Lead

Arthur Joe

Design Team

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