'Living' building in line for top architecture award

SAMANTHA SMITH
Last updated 05:00 22/08/2014
Te Kaitaka

SOMETHING DIFFERENT: Auckland Airport building Te Kaitaka –The Cloak.

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There's going green - and then there's really going green.

A "living" building at Auckland Airport is in line to win a top architecture award.

Te Kaitaka - The Cloak was designed by Fearon Hay Architects and has been shortlisted in the the display buildings category of the World Architecture Festival Award.

The roof is covered in a planted living roof system developed by New Zealand company Stormwater 360.

Fearon Hay was selected to design the building after winning a design competition by the airport in February 2012.

Auckland Airport general manager of property Mark Thomson says the functional brief was simple.

"We needed a flexible space for hosting events.

"The final result is a functional space which looks beautiful, is sustainable and reflects rich aspects of New Zealand's culture."

The team uses Te Kaitaka as a dedicated space for showing potential tenants the property options at the airport, marketing and internal functions and events.

Auckland Airport property manager Joel Buckingham says the plants and roof look after themselves.

"It's durable and it's rusting and we like that rustic look. So in time it will weather really nicely - it's never wanting to be perfect and it doesn't try to be.

"The roof takes care of itself. We plant all natives so we shouldn't have to touch them after a while. And at roughly about 3am and 6am the roof waters itself."

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- Manukau Courier

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