apa Architects, Rotorua were invited to the Marae in order to help develop a concept from inception to completion whilst adhering to a $100,000 budget. The journey started with a complete feasibility study and master plan through to the completion of a new Wharemate and Wharenui fire egress upgrades.
Feasibility Study– Tanatana Marae
The scope of this study included:-
- A site investigation covering architectural, structural, geotechnical, plumbing, drainage, mechanical and electrical assessments.
- The identification of current and future needs of the Marae, as per the results of the initial site investigation.
- The preparation of a Master Plan for the re-development of the Marae site and facilities as per the Trust’s aspirations.
- The preparation of a concept design for an absent Wharemate Building, fire egress from Wharenui , expansion of Wharekai and upgrade & replacement of the current toilet facilities.
The report proposed that site and facility development across the Marae be considered in two (2) stages, each comprising an inventory of key projects which would be embarked upon by the Trust either as single projects or as a cluster of projects pending the resources available to the Marae. Stage 1 projects cover a 3-5 year period and Stage 2 projects look out across a 10-15 year horizon.
The focus of this report is on Stage 1 projects which comprise:-
- Building project of New Wharemate – immediately needed
- Construction of Fire egress provision from the Wharenui Building.
- Construction of mattress storage room which will be used for additional sleeping.
A full master plan of Stage 1 and Stage 2 projects was contained in the Architectural Assessment.
Architectural Designers of New Zealand Design Awards 2016 – National Supreme Winner
apa Architect & Project managers are humbled that their design for the Tanatana Marae was recognised by the Resene / Architectural Designers of New Zealand (ADNZ) 2016 design awards. After winning the award for the best regional and national commercial building in 2016, ADNZ went on to name the design as Supreme Winner. Aladina & the apa Architects team were delighted to be presented with this top NZ architectural award for their design of the Tanatana Marae.
“It’s always humbling to be recognised as an award winning architect, purely for doing something you love” says Aladina. Coming from a very spiritual culture himself, Aladina & his team approach architecture as a spiritual exercise as well as a physical one. Aladina went to to philosophise “A holistic view is key to great architecture which compliments both space and people”.
As well as being an exceptional architectural project, the Tanatana Marae project was recognised by ADNZ as a testament to great design, careful project management and clever budgeting.