The Strand

The Rena cargo ship tragedy of the time diverted our thinking to adopt a bobbing “container” aesthetic.

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When designing this building, the Rena cargo ship tragedy occurred on the Astrolabe reef. This diverted our thinking and we adopted a bobbing “container” aesthetic.

The central spine of the building has a series of 3 inverted open ended “containers” forming the central atrium. This series of pitched ceilings provides a naturally lit space.

A large timber screen with accents of green panels covered the boundary wall to the park. We knew this could later be built out, but in the current context, provided a connection to the greenery of the park space beyond.