Te Kaitaika ‘The Cloak’ has been established in the heart of the growing urban environment at Auckland International Airport.
A sculptural built form is sited on the corner of two recently upgraded streets, one heavily traffic based & one focussed on the pedestrian.
The functional brief was simple a flexible space for hosting events, meetings & introducing the strategy & opportunities behind the developing precinct.
Beyond these functional requirements, the brief was aspirational – the architecture should demonstrate opportunities for innovative design & sustainable operation.
The response used the freedom of its scale to explore sculptural & structural directions & brings together rich layering of material, texture & form to express cultural & national values.
A contoured living green roof is established over a shaped engineered timber frame, this shape providing the shoulders from which an encircling & distinctive woven mesh screen forms Te Kaitaka – The Cloak.
The architecture is a combination of readily available construction approaches, layered with a degree of craft & legible materiality to showcase New Zealand sustainable design, materials, & innovation. Source by Fearon Hay Architects.
Location: Auckland Airport, New Zealand
Architects: Fearon Hay Architects
Architects In Charge: Tim Hay, Jeff Fearon, Doug Weir, Matt Roberts
Structure: Mott MacDonald, Darrin Liddell
Services: Mott MacDonald, Warner Brunton
Landscape: Bespoke, Lee Brazier
Fabricator ‘Cloak Fabrication & Installation’: Design Productions, Cameron McAuley & Justin Groves
Live Roof Installation: Stormwater360, Greg Yeoman
Operations & Development Manager: Tania Berryman
Relations Manager: Charles Berryman
General Contractor: Alaska Construction Ltd., Brian Hutton & Rob Anderson
Project Manager: RCP Ltd. Bruce McDonald & Lisa Bryan
Area: 180 sqm
Photographs: Simon Wilson
Article by Marco Rinaldi