Waitangi Gateway Building
HB Architecture has been working with the Waitangi National Trust for several years, providing solutions and resolve issues for what is arguably the most significant historic landscape in New Zealand.
The first stage has been to provide a welcome “gateway” building.
The “Gateway” makes references to the traditional form of Te Whare Runanga – a large gable roof covering a front porch area with an open plan internal space, which in this case leads to the path, which takes the visitor towards the Treaty Grounds. The form of the building is also respectful of the original Visitor Centre designed by architect John Scott.
A significant feature of the building is the slated “whare” form with is suspended under to main roof – this modelling of the space emphasises the direction that the visitor will travel and makes a strong connection with the surrounding bush – establishing connection with “the place”.
Finishes have been kept deliberately simple – structural steel frame with natural finished timber inserts, tiles and carpet to the concrete floor, walls are substantially glass with the ceiling in plywood panels.