Ngā Purapura

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Location: Ōtaki

Completed: 2013


Part of Te Wānanga o Raukawa’s most recent campus development, Ngā Purapura houses two large indoor courts, a gym, offices, and teaching spaces.

The design is informed by the holistic model of Māori health: Te Whare tapa Whā, or the four sides of the house. The design represents this model with a folded roof, which creates multiple spaces with associated functions that lean against the neutral form of the sports hall.

Dunning Thornton provided inovative structural timber engineering to create the 36m clear spanning steel and LVL bow string Tāhuhu supporting the roof over the sports courts, and the intricate folded plate form of the internal Kākano refelection space.

Client: Te Wānanga o Raukawa
Architect: Tennent Brown Architects
Contractor: Fletcher Construction Company

Images: Paul McCredie