2017 Auckland Architecture Awards Winner
The success of this public project lies in its recognition of valuable, real and ongoing community engagement from the start. Relevant design strategies, such as multiple entry points, transparency at ground level, flexibility of spaces, integration of sound sites, and the understanding of the use of space between buildings, have allowed this community building to be adopted enthusiastically by locals. Performance spaces open from the building into the street and retail district, the carpark and the connection between Te Oro and Ruapotaka Marae. This landmark building provides a bold intervention into an otherwise neglected town centre.