Te Kaitaka – 'The Cloak'

Auckland International Airport 180 sqm 2014

Te Kaitaka – 'The Cloak'

Te Kaitaka – 'The Cloak'

Te Kaitaika ‘The Cloak’ has been established in the heart of the growing urban environment at Auckland International Airport.

A sculptural built form is sited on the corner of two recently upgraded streets, one heavily traffic based & one focussed on the pedestrian. The functional brief was simple - a flexible space for hosting events, meetings & introducing the strategy & opportunities behind the developing precinct. Beyond these functional requirements, the brief was aspirational - the architecture should demonstrate opportunities for innovative design & sustainable operation.

The response used the freedom of its scale to explore sculptural & structural directions & brings together rich layering of material, texture & form to express cultural & national values.

A contoured living green roof is established over a shaped engineered timber frame, this shape providing the shoulders from which an encircling & distinctive woven mesh screen forms Te Kaitaka - The Cloak

The architecture is a combination of readily available construction approaches, layered with a degree of craft & legible materiality to showcase New Zealand sustainable design, materials, & innovation.





Project Team

Jeff Fearon

Tim Hay

Doug Weir

Matt Roberts

Magdalena Garbarczyk



Simon Wilson



Awards & Press

Winner – Display Buildings category. WAF (World Architecture Festival) Awards, Singapore, 2014

Designers Institute of New Zealand, Gold Award, 2014

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