These two new structures were be built in a visually and ecologically sensitive area of the National Park at 1.923m and 2,320m ASL on the Turoa side of Mt Ruapehu. The basic concept was to enclose the top and bottom masts of the chair lift mechanism with a “tight” building envelope constructed from as many prefabricated components as possible.
ever changing environment
The solution – precast concrete wall panels in steel frames, heavy and light weight profiled steel to roof and walls with polycarbonate sheeting to “windows” – all attached to a structural steel frame. These wall and roof components were modeled to reflect and to respond to the ever changing environment. Completed by Grant Harris whilst at Ignite Architects.