De­sign wins ma­jor award

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Ka¯ piti Watch­tower, an ar­chi­tec­tural pro­posal cre­ated by a group of Vic­to­ria Univer­sity of Welling­ton stu­dents and staff, has re­ceived an in­ter­na­tional award.

The pro­posal, which out­lines a vis­i­tor cen­tre for Ka¯ piti Is­land, re­cently re­ceived sec­ond prize in the trans­port con­cept cat­e­gory of the Global Ar­chi­tec­ture and De­sign Awards (GADA).

The awards are run by an in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tion called Re-Think­ing The Fu­ture, and are part of their mis­sion to sup­port ar­chi­tec­tural ef­forts to solve mod­ern chal­lenges like cli­mate change.

The pro­posal has also been se­lected to be part of an in­ter­na­tional ex­hi­bi­tion of de­sign re­search at the Univer­sity of Syd­ney, the an­nual De­sign Re­search Con­fer­ence.

The con­fer­ence is de­voted to de­sign re­search in built en­vi­ron­ment fields, and at­tracts ar­chi­tects and ex­perts from around the world.

Ka¯ piti Watch­tower is a lens to ob­serve the chang­ing en­vi­ron­ment on the Ka¯ piti coast­line.

The de­sign is ori­ented to the car­di­nal points of the com­pass to help vis­i­tors con­nect with the sur­round­ing en­vi­ron­ment, in­clud­ing the boat club, park, and the beach.

The build­ing it­self con­tains a cafe´ , store, bio-se­cu­rity check­point for vis­i­tors to Ka¯ piti Is­land, in­for­ma­tion cen­tre, and a small mu­seum.

The build­ing is de­signed to be bold yet in­ex­pen­sive to con­struct, with to­tal costs for the cen­tre com­ing in at $1.6 mil­lion.

Dr Sam Kebbell, Vic­to­ria Univer­sity of Welling­ton se­nior lec­turer and leader of the project, said their group greatly ben­e­fited from work­ing with the Ka¯ piti com­mu­nity while de­vel­op­ing the project.

“We all ben­e­fited enor­mously from com­mu­nity in­put dur­ing the de­sign devel­op­ment phase.

“We have en­joyed a won­der­ful di­a­logue with sev­eral mem­bers of the com­mu­nity, and we’ve worked hard to take all the var­i­ous points of view into ac­count as we de­vel­oped the col­lab­o­ra­tive de­sign.”

Ka¯ piti Watch­tower de­sign cre­ated by Vic­to­ria Univer­sity School of Ar­chi­tec­ture.

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