Marae build­ing al­ter­ations, cen­tral North Is­land

Element - - Architecture -

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.

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