Architectural team announced for Kawakawa's Hundertwasser Park

Architects and trust members, Mark Williamson, Johnson Davis, Pip Bolton, Noma Shepherd, Pita Tipene and Tui Slater join ...

Architects and trust members, Mark Williamson, Johnson Davis, Pip Bolton, Noma Shepherd, Pita Tipene and Tui Slater join for a photograph in front of artwork by Fridensreich Hundertwasser in Kawakawa.The Hundertwasser Park Charitable Trust's Noma Shepherd and Pita Tipene hold the tokotoko stick presented to Hundertwasser by Kevin Prime when the world famous toilets opened in Kawakawa 1999.

Kawakawa's Hundertwasser park project takes another step forward with the appointment of the architectural-design team.

The Hundertwasser Park Charitable Trust who have been driving the project since 2008 believe placing a planned Hundertwasser visitor and learning centre in the middle of a park-like setting, will give visitors an opportunity to experience some of the 'magic' Friedensreich Hundertwasser treasured so much at his home in Kaurinui. He lived there surrounded by trees, waterways and humble, simple buildings.

The community project will also include workshop space, gallery, library, a service centre and a cafe, which will interconnect to the 'world famous' Hundertwasser toilets and surrounding park and waterways.

Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser in 1990.

Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser in 1990.

In August last year a Gillies St property was purchased by the Northland Regional Council who honoured an "in principle agreement" to provide up to $500,000 to help fund a visitor centre to honour the artist.

The trust has been working with project partners, Far North Holdings and the Far North District Council over the last few months to brief, review and choose the right design team and architects for the job.

"We are delighted to appoint architecture firm, Avail Pacific for this inspiring project," says trust chair Noma Shepherd. 

She said the Kerikeri based company won the contract for their interpretation of the trust's brief to create a community-building that not only honoured Fridensreich Hundertwasser's life in Kawakawa and share his love of art, architecture, ecology and conservation of the environment, but also symbolise the connection of tangata whenua, and the values of kaitiakitanga and manaakitanga.

"We want to create an inspiring space that celebrates ourselves along with Fridensreich, our forefathers, and our grandchildren," Shepherd says.

Trustee, Pita Tipene says Ngati Hine would also have a say about the building concepts.

"We want an authentic connection to our people, and the whenua and awa originally earmarked by our tupuna Maihi Paraone Kawiti for the establishment of the township of Kawakawa."

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The buildings design will look to incorporate natural elements such as earth, straw and natural timbers and solar energy and exploring holistic and sustainable treatment of on site water and waste.

Concepts and design will be developed further over the summer period in consultation with community groups, schools, business/resident association, iwi, and hapu across 2017/18.

"Designs are the first step, once they have been agreed to by the trust, a project plan will be developed along with fundraising and construction phases of the project," Shepherd says.

"If you are interested in becoming part of the HPCT project team please contact us as we really want to integrate a full range of local people, passion and skills to bring the project to life," she says.


 - Stuff

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