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Raikaia Centre
Christchurch Polytechnic, Aotearoa New Zealand

Project Team

Landscape Architect :  Wraight + Associates
Architect :  Athfield Architects
Client :  Christchurch Polytechnic
Project Status: Completed

Charged with formulating a landscape concept for surface car parking, main pedestrian entry and courtyard space associated with the Rakaia development, Wā collaborated with Athfield Architects to develop an integrated building-landscape design that provides a distinctive, cohesive campus experience that encourages occupation of the outdoor environment.

Project Objectives

  • Provide a high value street interface that improves the urban design value of the street and
    ensures high visibility for the new Polytechnic facilities.
  • Create a strong landscape character within which surface car parking facilities can be integrated
    whilst providing visual amenity.
  • Create clear legible pedestrian links that provide safe and visually attractive routes from the street and car park to the building’s main entry.

Key Features

  • Compliments the building’s internal uses with external courtyard and break out spaces to accommodate gatherings of various scales and various passive recreational uses.
  • Provides seamless connection between the new facility and the existing campus.
  • Creates a composition that is visually engaging, comfortable and functional.
  • The site’s underlying geology of layered riverbeds is revealed through a play of elements using the riverstone as form and material.