Mata­mata firm plays a part in spec­tac­u­lar cafe

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Play­ing a part in the best de­signed cafe in the world is ‘‘pretty amaz­ing’’ for Stan­ley Con­struc­tion.

The Mata­mata firm were the head con­trac­tors for the de­sign and build con­tract of Knoll Ridge Cafe, which sits in the Whaka­papa Ski Field on Mt Ruapehu.

The cafe has beaten in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion to be an­nounced as the best de­signed cof­fee shop in the world.

De­sign web­site De­sign Cu­rial looked at 4000 cafes from New York to Tokyo be­fore de­cid­ing on New Zealand’s Knoll Ridge Cafe.

‘‘We de­liv­ered the de­sign through an ar­chi­tec­tural firm,’’ Stan­ley Con­struc­tion man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Kevin Stan­ley said of his com­pany’s in­volve­ment.

Build­ing the cafe on top of Mt Ruapehu was cer­tainly one of the more chal­leng­ing jobs Stan­ley Con­struc­tion has taken on. But Stan­ley said it wasn’t even the fact that Mt Ruapehu is New Zealand’s largest ac­tive vol­cano that made it chal­leng­ing.

‘‘It’s more the whole re­mote­ness of the job. You can’t drive to it, ev­ery­thing has to be flown in by he­li­copter.’’

The cafe is also built on lava flow which is cer­tainly not your typ­i­cal build­ing site.

‘‘ I think the in­ter­est­ing thing with this job is that it’s not the re­mote­ness or the dif­fi­culty in build­ing it, it’s actu- ally the de­sign that won the job. That’s the fas­ci­nat­ing thing. It’s a sub­stan­tial build­ing on a World Her­itage site. Build­ings on World Her­itage sites are un­heard of in any con­text.

‘‘So to have a build­ing on a World Her­itage site is pretty amaz­ing and then to have that build­ing that meets the en­vi­ron­ment and the en­vi­ron­men­tal needs of that World Her­itage site is some­thing even more in­cred­i­ble.’’

The build­ing is de­signed with a wing shaped roof, which isn’t tra­di­tion­ally done on build­ings that are in the snow. Usu­ally the roof is built the other way so the snow falls off.

‘‘ What we said when we were go­ing through the de­sign phase of this job, the views are just spec­tac­u­lar.’’

The cafe is now a build­ing that is ‘‘truly amaz­ing’’ and has one of the best views you’d find any­where in the world.

Stan­ley said the com­pany were in­cred­i­bly proud to be a part of the pro­ject, which was com­pleted in 2011.

He urged peo­ple to go and have a look. ‘‘It’s worth­while.’’ Another Stan­ley Con­struc­tion pro­ject, Ocean Shores Re­tire­ment Vil­lage in Pa­pamoa, has also re­ceived recog­ni­tion re­cently.

The pro­ject won a gold award at the 2015 New Zealand Com­mer­cial Projects Awards.


The Knoll Ridge cafe dur­ing con­struc­tion.

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