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Born out of necessity to provide a new purpose built facility to re-house the islands’ museum exhibition, the project began its incubation almost 10 years ago. As the first piece of civic infrastructure constructed on the Island in over 25 years, the project developed a rich narrative supported by its’ strong connection with the ocean, maritime history, local iwi, community and environment.

Doubling as a community and information centre, the museum provides a place for events, meetings, or large-scale conferences, and for visitors to come for practical information about the island. Designed with visitors in mind, at the front entrance concrete seats face the building, and lockers are provided for storing dirty tramping boots. A welcoming reception and information desk with a small shop greets those who venture inside, often seeking refuge from inclement weather and finding a world class exhibition inside.

Rakiura is a community that hosts thousands of tourists throughout the year. The museum provides a stunning place for these guests, both international and domestic, to learn, explore and connect with the island’s rich and complex history.

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Creating what matters for future generations is an overarching philosophy that underpins our core values and how we approach our architectural commissions as we seek to question today, imagine tomorrow, create for the future.

We are: 

  • inspired by nature
  • informed by our diverse cultures
  • shaped by our rich history
  • strengthened by our partnerships
  • enhanced by experience
  • motivated by our many opportunities

We strive to create inclusive buildings and spaces with enduring meaning and purpose, focusing on our unique New Zealand and Pacific influenced identity, celebrating our cultural diversity. Our designs seek to be distinctive, memorable spaces, firmly rooted into the land, whether the site be intensely urban or a vast expansive untouched landscape.    

We are a highly motivated and connected team of expert designers, from unique and diverse backgrounds, committed to listen, engage, and collaborate with our clients to deliver project outcomes that create highly effective and enriched spatial environments for individuals, and communities, both now and far into the future.

We have nearly 150 years of history in architecture practice, our acquired knowledge and skills are coupled with continual research and innovation applied to develop efficient, resilient, sustainable solutions benefiting from years of review and wide project experience across New Zealand. Our extensive historical experience, unique understanding of our land and climates coupled with our long collaboration with local communities, councils and contractors allow us to uniquely tailor our design solutions in unison with our connected local and global WSP engineering design specialists.