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The Cloak: Fearon Hay Architects Install a Māori-Inspired Green Roof at Auckland International Airport

by , 07/21/14



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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.

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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.

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Via Archdaily

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