Te Pa Tauira - OP Student Village
student accommodation project with 231 beds is following the philosophy of the
Living Building Challenge and is now under construction with completion for the
2018 student intake. The design by Mason & Wales Architects aims to go as
far as possible to meet the LBC Petals within budget. High efficiency lighting,
water fixtures, appliances and building envelope in conjunction with energy
recovery ventilation, natural ventilation and good daylight levels to every
room will ensure quality, healthy spaces for all students to optimise their
A key objective of the Polytechnic is to integrate education into their infrastructure so students become sustainable practitioners in their field of endeavor. These aspirations will be interwoven into the Village construction with opportunities for student involvement and observational learning. The Village will be the tallest and largest cross laminated timber (CLT) structure by volume in New Zealand. This resulted in XLam, suppliers of the timber panels gaining FSC certification as a Company and also a DECLARE label for the product.
Living Future Collaborative NZ
Te Pa Tauira is a vertical student village that admirably attempts to follow the principles of the Living Building Challenge within its budget. There is much to like about this building – currently the largest CLT building by volume in Aotearoa – from the façade, a colourful “cloak of leaves” that is always shifting, to the pragmatic as well as aesthetically appealing exposed timber structural elements and oversized fixings. The interior highlights includes a light-filled timber stairwell that splits well-planned wings and the inviting and sunny common rooms, the qualities of which are underscored by a limited palette of materials extended through an artistic collaboration with Simon Kaan.
From façade through to furniture, this project is a masterclass in ways to convey large-scale identity, delineate space and inject appropriate levels of fun and energy into a project.
- NZIA Award Jury Citation
NZIA Southern Architecture Award 2019
- Housing - Multi Unit
NZ Wood Awards 2018 Finalist
- Engineering Innovation
- Multi-storey Timber Buildings
Property Council NZ, Rider Levett Bucknall Property Industry Awards 2018 FinalistResene Green Building Property Award
Arrow International Multi-unit Residential Property Award
- Merit Award