JOURNAL

GIRAFFE HOUSE | NZIA AUCKLAND PUBLIC ARCHITECTURE AWARD

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The Auckland Zoo Giraffe House wins 2013 NZIA Auckland Public Architecture Award.

Due to expanding giraffe numbers the Auckland Zoo needed a new a giraffe breeding shelter; essentially a functional oversized shed with two dens and a keeper area.

The design team responded to the brief by proposing a shelter that assumed an understated external appearance, whose mass was playfully broken down with intersecting roof forms that articulated the junction between the two dens whilst accentuating the collision of human and giraffe scales.

Studies were made through section of the internal volumes to accommodate a number of functional and operational overlaps, and the disparity in scale of its occupants.

The floor to ceiling rises from 3 to 10 meters, with humans entering into the keeper’s area at the low point of the roof. The elevations were a key formal driver of the design with careful consideration given the proportions of the 6 metre doors with integrated human door and clerestory windows.

Flexibility was a primary objective of the shelter – due to the changing functional and physiological needs of the giraffe. Moveable doors and walls allow the space to be transformed. The four sliding exterior doors open to different yards that can be configured to allow for separate roaming areas for the giraffes. Keepers and vets use the mezzanine level to observe and interact with the giraffes. It also allows for small visitor groups to safely view the giraffes.

Working to a tight budget, the view was taken that a unique, fit for purpose shelter could be produced using a simple, reduced palette of locally sourced materials and vernacular construction methodologies.   

This project was done in conjunction with Glamuzina Patterson.

CLIENT:                Auckland Zoo    
COMPLETED:       2013

DEAN MACKENZIE | ARCHITECTURE NEW ZEALAND INTERVIEW

Architecture New Zealand's Justine Harvey interviews Dean Mackenzie on infrastructure design in New Zealand.

The November/December Architecture New Zealand issue features two articles on Dean Mackenzie.

The first article look at infrastructure design in New Zealand with a particular focus on an exemplar project while the second examines algorithmic and parametric design and looks at the work Dean did while at OMA (Office for Metropolitan Architecture) and SOM (Skidmore Owings & Merrill).

TAINUI HOPUHOPU MASTERPLAN | WORLD ARCHITECTURE NEWS AWARD

Monk Mackenzie win 2011 WAN awards Commercial sector

The successful Completed project - Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects’ The Granary in London - is a contemporary reuse project which sensitively re-imagines an 1870s listed building into a chic new headquarters for developer/contractor Rooff.

In the Unbuilt category is Monk Mackenzie Hopuhopu masterpplan in the Waikato District of New Zealand.  An impressive masterplan which forms a much-needed commercial base for 60,000 Waikato Tainui.

 

For further reading and judge’s comments see here 

http://www.wantoday.com/commercial_winners_2011/index.html

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WAIATARUA HOUSE | SHORTLISTED FOR HOME MAGAZINE HOME OF THE YEAR

Waiatarua house is shortlisted for the Home Magazine Home of the Year 2013.

The brief was for a new house on a challenging, steep site in the Orakei creek gully.

The three bedroom house was designed for a couple with the major design challenge to insert a bold intervention - in terms of size and placement - into a sensitive bush reserve whilst still maintaining a sense of modesty and poetic.

The desire was to seek out a quiet architectural expression, one that is devoid of excessive articulation and noise; a silent witness to its surroundings.

From the point of entry the house offers a range of spatial experiences across the width of the floorplate; transitioning from a hunkered almost subterranean position in the landscape to an elevated position perched in the tree canopy.

 

For further reading and information go here

http://homenewzealand.blogspot.co.nz/2013/02/home-of-year-2013-shortlist.html

WHANAU ORA CENTRE | WORLD ARCHITECTURE FESTIVAL AWARD

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Monk Mackenzie's Whanau Ora Centre is shorlisted for the World Architecture Festival Award, 2012.

The Whanau Ora Community Centre is a comprehensive, integrated approach to providing health and wellness facilities across a range of sectors for families.

Integrated sector provisions include community and social development, health, education, justice, Maori development and commercial activities. Youth focused facilities include; gym, youth centre and learning centre.

 

CLIENT:                Waikato Tainui    
COMPLETION:     TBA