Marae building alterations, central North Island
Sustainability is not merely a design principle; more importantly, it’s a social imperative. Assembly Architects’ latest project – one that involves its partners and their children moving to the central North Island hinterland – is a programme to upgrade ablution facilities on a dozen rural marae. This is a different type of project, Justin Wright notes. Because the buildings are long-term propositions sited on land that will not be alienated, the architects can contemplate energy-saving measures that will pay off over decades, rather than a few years. Once again, a modular construction system, this time based on the standard unit of a 2.4m2 plywood panel, is used to achieve economic results.