The newly built Waitomo Caves visitor centre has been dubbed an architectural first, claiming the top prize at the recent New Zealand Institute of Architecture awards. The building, described by judges as graceful and adventurous, is positioned underneath a woven timber canopy which local hapu have described as reminiscent of a hinakai or traditional eel trap. The responsible architect, Chris Kelly of Architecture Workshop in Wellington, states his vision for the project was to “design a simple, light sky shell that hangs over the paths to the glowworm grotto, contrasting with the dark caves beneath the ground”. Whats On Report has been following this project since 2008, see J95228 for further details.

Source: Your Weekend (Dominion Post), 28 May 2011 (EM)


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