Located in Motueka, Tasman - Te Awhina is a whanau based facility that is an intrinsic part of the local community. The new facility will embrace the vision of sustainability, energy efficiency and ultimate environmental consideration. An exciting journey. Watch this space.
A nelson city council commisioned project, designed by artist and sculptor, Maia Hegglund.
The Taurapa (or prow) of the maori waka represents the migration of the people to Aotearoa, and in the context of the region, is befitting of the presence of Tangata Whenua in Te Tau Ihu o te Waka-a-Maui.
Located in Ohinewai, the wharenui was designed for the whanau of Matahuru Marae.
Standing proud, the tinana or body of the building extends north and is accentuated by raked gable ends that meet at the apex of the poutouaroaro, giving the sense of projection.
Clad in Cedar and ply, Wharepapa is a an awesome statement befitting of the mana of the people, and an absolute honor to be part of.
Another exciting sustainable, energy efficient development.
The definition of Papakainga is a ‘nurturing place to return to’. Our designs reflect the current movement or shift towards enduring, sustainable architecture. This means quite a few things, but at it’s most basic it’s about sustainability, energy efficiency, being environmentally friendly and designing for efficient use of space.
Because these homes are typically small the critical point in design consideration is use of space - inside and out - and the relationship of these spaces with each other.
Marae have been using the concept of papakainga for centuries. It’s interesting that there’s an inadvertant global shift towards using the marae general base model and concept of ‘we’, rather than ‘me’ around the world.