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The Oriental Barnacle

Oriental Bay Competition, Wellington - Shortlisted

A submission for an open ideas competition to re-imagine Wellington’s iconic Oriental Bay band rotunda. The brief called for community spaces, exhibition space and accessible public space. This design seeks to reuse the existing foundations and seawalls, while introducing a new roof room that is both distinctive yet sensitive to the fine grained residential nature of the area. A cafe at street level steps down to exhibition space and flexible community rooms, while an external ramp links to a roof platform that echoes the vantage point the original building offered. Form and materiality combine to evoke the feeling of an object pulled from the sea and occupying the liminal space between water and land.

Bau Division’s submission was shortlisted to be one of the top 30 designs in over 200 entries from around the world.

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