The Auckland International Airport just unveiled a sculptural multi-functional space surrounded by woven mesh screens and topped with a living green roof. Te Kaitaka, also known as The Cloak, was designed by New Zealand practice Fearon Hay Architects. The design, which helps reduce cooling loads and offers a unique aesthetic, was inspired by the fine weaving of Māori cloaks.
Fearon Hay Architects were commissioned to design a facility in a developing precinct at Auckland International Airport, on the corner of two recently upgraded streets. The building has a flexible organization-it has a multi-functional space for hosting events and meetings. It was meant to demonstrate opportunities for innovative design and sustainable operation.
The mesh screens provide shading for the interior and are treated as a structural contour for a living green roof built over a shaped engineered timber frame. It was inspired by the traditional Māori cloaks, made from flax fiber and decorated with geometric patterning. With its delicate mesh screens, the building showcases a combination of available construction approaches and fine local craftsmanship. It merges current trends in multi-functional space design with New Zealand’s sustainable practices.
Images by Simon Wilson