Park Structures in Mapua

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Park Structures in Mapua

Utilitarian Architecture in New Zealand – design by Irving Smith Architects

30 May 2016

Park Structures in Mapua

Design: Irving Smith Architects

Location: Mapua, New Zealand

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Park Structures in Mapua

The government remediation of New Zealand’s “most contaminated site”, a former chemical fertilizer plant in the small rural town of Mapua, left the site bare, emotionally scarred, unused and fiscally under resourced. Remediation capped the site, but countered re-inhabitation: even planting trees is problematic when digging deeper than a spade depth calls for “men in white coats.”

Park Structures in Mapua

Park Structures in Mapua Park Structures in Mapua

Funding for an upgrade of the town’s services questioned how architecture might start offsite as something else, and over time extend to the remediated landscape and stimulate community use. Architecture becomes a kit of parts to initiate change: sheet fencing encloses plant but uncloses park entry, slabs cap sewage tanks but rise to seating, roofing covers plant but uncovers public shelter.

Park Structures in Mapua

Elements combine to reference the scale and typology of the surrounding horticulture buildings, with materials kept rural and raw, yet progressive and durable: naturally finished in-situ and exposed-aggregate concretes, yellow frc-grated walkways, weathering steel, hardwood timbers.

Park Structures in Mapua

Park Structures in Mapua

The services plant a seed and the park begins to grow and correct the landscape back to its community. The park now has shelter buildings, public amenities, a performance amphitheatre, spaces to play and unwind… a place in the community, a sustainable future.

Park Structures in Mapua

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New Zealand Houses – Selection:

Corinth St House : Daniel Marshall Architect
Corinth St House
photo © Simon Devitt
Auckland House

Herne Bay House : Stevens Lawson Architects
Herne Bay House
photo © Mark Smith
Herne Bay House

Hobson Bay House : Stevens Lawson Architects
Hobson Bay House
photo © Mark Smith
Hobson Bay House




New Zealand Architects

New Zealand Architecture – Selection

Mai Mai, Auckland
Patterson Associates Limited
Mai Mai building
picture : Patrick Reynolds

Mai Mai building

Mountain Retreat, Southern Lakes, southern New Zealand
Fearon Hay Architects
Mountain Retreat
photograph : Patrick Reynolds

Mountain Retreat

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