HE TOHU E XHI BI T I ON

Stu­dio Pa­cific Ar­chi­tec­ture won the Spa­tial Pur­ple Pin for their He Tohu Ex­hi­bi­tion, which stores some of Aotearoa’s most im­por­tant doc­u­ments and makes them avail­able for pub­lic dis­play. We spoke with Stu­dio Pa­cific’s Peter Mitchell about the project.

Idealog - - DESIGNERS INSTITUTE OF NEW ZEALAND - Client: Depart­ment of In­ter­nal Af­fairs

What can you tell us about

com­mis­sioned by the New Zealand Depart­ment to dis­play, pre­serve and in­ter­pret Aotearoa New Zealand’s most pre­cious The bal­anc­ing of achiev­ing the tech­ni­cal re­quire­ments while mak­ing the doc­u­ments read­ily ac­ces­si­ble for all, and

The doc­u­ments in of the United Tribes of

them alive for fu­ture of the doc­u­ments for There is some­thing very pow­er­ful about be­ing able doc­u­ments which have so pro­foundly shaped, and three doc­u­ments are highly

of these as­pects could doc­u­ments away in the dark to be pro­tected while be­ing ac­ces­si­ble, they had to be leg­i­ble, and they had to live where all New Zealan­ders the taonga’s (trea­sures)

What was the idea

The doc­u­ment room is con­ceived from the idea of a and mean­ing em­bed­ded

by mo­ments between people who have in­ter­acted, are com­mem­o­rated within di­ag­o­nally to the build­ing’s con­crete grid, gives a wero gen­er­ated us­ing al­go­rithms us­ing CNC routers look cul­tures and the de­bate of

En­trances are nat­u­ral light with right an­gle pounamu strip ref­er­ences the con­cept of he tatau pounamu (green­stone door the curvi­lin­ear form is as if the doc­u­ments them­selves A dark, sub­dued space Light washed walls pro­vide nat­u­ral warmth in the

The taonga sit free­stand­ing in the doc­u­ment room as each holds its own mana (power) that needs to be re­spected and al­lows for free

Fab­ri­cated pri­mar­ily wind­blown from Cy­clone Ita, har­vested by he­li­copter and con­structed us­ing

What was the great­est

de­sires of the brief – re­quire­ments to pro­tect the doc­u­ments while also mak­ing the doc­u­ments read­ily ac­ces­si­ble for all, and The im­por­tance of the taonga de­manded some­thing

How long did it take

What was it like work­ing with some of Aotearoa’s most im­por­tant

It was quite a sim­ply an ab­so­lute priv­i­lege to have the op­por­tu­nity to work on a project with such op­por­tu­nity to en­gage in the de­sign process with a num­ber of highly tal­ented and knowl­edge­able people who were all ready to share with us what they knew and

What does this say about

in much the same way we ap­proach any project – search­ing for a unique, site and be­lieve that the qual­ity of the de­sign re­sponse is de­pen­dent on an un­der­stand­ing of the project unique and much of this will come from a

this project with an ex­tended engi­neers Dun­ning Thorn­ton and ser­vices engi­neers closely with the Fletcher Build­ing Interiors team and it was their skills that brought of the re­sult is very much a

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