2022 New Zealand Architecture Awards Winner
Te Puna at Auckland Zoo
Te Puna is a hub at the heart of Auckland Zoo’s ongoing transformation. This public space provides a seamless observation platform and, intriguingly, perhaps one from which to be observed. A fluid geometry, reminiscent of a coastline, is anchored by two solid brick forms supporting expansive outdoor viewing terraces and a series of glazed interior public areas extending into the zoo landscape. Constructional rigour overlays three structural and material geometries with seamless visual integration. This deceptively simple building cohesively resolves modern zoological needs, animal welfare, acoustics and light spill.