Chrysalis Early Learning Center is an innovative early education and play center for 150 children, drawing on the culture and spirit of its place to create a nurturing environment around two mature heritage trees.
New Zealand was the last landmass to be inhabited, and then deforested with unrivalled speed. Its new cleared landscapes are still so young they shift, when they fail new native trees grow. It might take a hundred years or more, but buildings that participate in this shift could one day inhabit near-original forest. This is something new, for New Zealand architecture was established and has remained in clearings. To inhabit its original forest landscape, architecture must understand existing context rather than generate new landscapes, it must be soft, patient and ready to change; as we exhibited at the 2015 Prague International Architecture Festival entitled Soft-Context:Soft-Architecture.
This is a house for a family of five in the inner city suburb of Grey Lynn, Auckland. The empty site was purchased on the edge of Grey Lynn Park steeply rising from the street in an east-west direction leaving the long boundaries with north and south aspects. The brief was for a family house to span the evolution of the family from infancy to teenage years.
Tarawera High School is situated between River Road and the Tarawera River in the small mill town of Kawerau.
The design reflects Kawerau’s unique culture, history and landscape. The masterplan proposes a solution that inspires learning & pro-motes the fulfilment of potential in Kawerau’s rangatahi (younger generation / youth).
Article source: MCAS-Max Capocaccia Architecture Studio
The brief required a rectangular floor plan, whilst the creation of partition walls not to celling height and small separations between elements achieved captivating interior spaces that detract from the simple form.
The whole of the North façade and part of the West are glazed so that the entire view is accessible from the living area, dining and kitchen.
The Christchurch Botanic Gardens lie within a 21ha loop of the Avon River and is the cities most visited public space. The newly developed centre is regarded as one of the most significant new build projects since the 2011 Christchurch Earthquake and extends the garden’s ability to undertake research, conservation and run educational activities as well as demonstrate the beauty, variety and complexity of the plant world.
The new Residence is located at the southern border of the development of Seagrove Conservation Estate in the Wellington suburb of Newlands, perched over a cliff above State Highway 2 towards Petone and less than couple of hundred meters from the Wellington harbour.
In 2012, Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology held a design competition by invitation for their new Health Sciences Building. MOAA Architects in association with DCA received first prize. Following award of the project, extensive stakeholder consultation began in order to redefine what was a very traditional brief for teaching of specialist nursing education.