Wintec's modernized Whare-nui

We worked with a variety of user groups to create Wintec's modernized Whare-nui, a flagship building located at the heart of their Hamilton City Campus.

"The WOW factor requested by the user group has been achieved."

– Tame Pokaia (Wintec Kaumatua)

"The WOW factor requested by the user group has been achieved." -  – Tame Pokaia (Wintec Kaumatua)
Year completed2012
CarverWarren McGrath
ServiceFeasibility, Design and Build

Project Description

The objective of the Wintec Whare-nui project was to re-create a Marae on their central city campus. As part of the development of Wintec's city campus they had moved buildings around, and one of the first things to be sacrificed was the original Marae on site. Through our long-standing relationship with Wintec, we were brought in to scope, then design and build the project. Although the project parameters were set, some feasibility work was required from us in the sense that we worked through different design options prior to locking in the chosen form.

Managing the interests of a wide range of user groups, we were able to bring everyone together and create a brief to put a new Whare-nui at the heart of the campus. We worked with a very tight budget, and through creative design brought together something very unique. It has carvings made from concrete and rusty steel as opposed to timber, along with some traditional carvings around the windows. This project allowed us to work not only with diverse user groups, but also with a carver who brought his own spin to the process. We managed the interpretation of his carvings into concrete, and he was thrilled with the end result. We managed the project on budget, on time, down to ensuring that the grass was grown before term time. It was opened by the Maori king, a flagship building sitting in the heart of the campus, and we're very proud of it.