PARK CENTRE – TE HONONGA
Architectural team announced for Kawakawa's Hundertwasser Park Centre – Te Hononga
Kawakawa's Hundertwasser park project takes another step forward with the appointment of the architectural-design team.
The Hundertwasser Park Charitable Trust who have been driving the project since 2008 believe placing
a planned Hundertwasser visitor and learning centre in the middle of a park-like setting, will give visitors an opportunity to experience some of the 'magic' Friedensreich Hundertwasser treasured so much at his home in Kaurinui. He lived there surrounded
by trees, waterways and humble, simple buildings.
The community project will also include workshop space, gallery, library, a service centre and a
cafe, which will interconnect to the 'world famous' Hundertwasser toilets and surrounding park
The trust has been working with project partners,
Far North Holdings and the Far North District Council over the last few months to brief, review
and choose the right design team and architects
for the job.
"We are delighted to appoint architecture firm,
Avail Pacific for this inspiring project," says trust
chair Noma Shepherd.
She said the Kerikeri based company won the contract for their interpretation of the trust's brief to create a community-building that not only honoured Fridensreich Hundertwasser's life in Kawakawa
and share his love of art, architecture, ecology and conservation of the environment, but also symbolise the connection of tangata whenua, and the values
of kaitiakitanga and manaakitanga.
The buildings design will look to incorporate natural elements such as earth, straw and natural timbers and solar energy and exploring holistic and sustainable treatment of on site water and waste.