Mount Ngongotatha Masterplan

Mount Ngongotatha Masterplan

Rotorua, New Zealand

Ngati Whakaue Tribal Lands (NWTL)

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The Brief

We were one of ten international practices invited to submit a proposal for a cultural tourism masterplan for the above client, who owns four substantial landholdings around Lake Rotorua. We won the competition based upon our ‘architectural attitude’ to building in a unique landscape on the side of a sacred mountain (“of the hill, in the hill, above the hill”) and responding to their design drivers “Our People, Our Land, Our Stories”.

Concept

Our concept for the masterplan is ‘episodic’ – a series of forms and events (the idea of “shaping”) that are interwoven with the rich narrative of NWTL and their heritage.  The masterplan reaches out to the three most predominant cultural ‘touchstones’ – Mokoia island, the tribal meeting house and Te Puia (a geo-thermal/Maori visitor centre). The orientation and placement of the strategic interventions are informed by these three elements.

GATEWAY Visitor Centre
GATEWAY Visitor Centre
Gateway Retail And Restaurant Concept
Gateway Retail And Restaurant Concept
Karearea Hotel
Karearea Hotel

Features

The programme includes a contemporary Maori arts centre and theatre, a visitor centre, retail, an activity centre, two hotels, lodges, a Maori innovation centre and a cultural ‘arts trail’. We make contemporary reference to vernacular Maori construction forms, and in particular the use of their oxblood colour and the palisade which represents family (Whanue) and community/the people (Iwi).  

White Water Rafting Centre Elevation Sketch
White Water Rafting Centre Elevation Sketch
White Water Rafting Centre
White Water Rafting Centre
Mokoia Island And Theatre
Mokoia Island And Theatre

Overview

Status
Ongoing
Value
NZ$115M
Size
220 Hectares
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