Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki - RIBA International Awards 2012 - ENG -
- ENG - The Auckland Art Gallery - Toi o Tāmaki - wanted to double its gallery space by restoring and adapting its historic galleries and creating a new exhibition area to complement them.
A series of emblematic, sculpted tree-like canopies, whose soffits are of geometrically cut timber from massive Kauri trees, enclose the forecourt, atrium and gallery areas. The result is a delightful sequence of transparent, naturally lit galleries in which internal and external views are created to provide rich backgrounds for the art and to enhance the experience of the visitor.
- ENG - "This project is not just about creating more dynamic and flexible spaces for art, it is about programming those spaces in ways that will ultimately expand the audience for art" Chris Saines, Gallery Director
fjmt in association with Archimedia were awarded this important project following an international design competition. The culturally significant project will provide an urban focus, diverse cultural experience and create a unique opportunity to reveal and interpret the history of the site and to revitalise an important part of the city.
Relating as much to the organic forms of the landscape as it does to the architectural order and character of the noteworthy heritage buildings, the gallery is characterised by a series of fine ‘tree-like’ canopies creating a memorable image and character referencing the beautiful overhanging tree canopy of adjacent Albert Park.
The project incorporates contemporary and heritage buildings, new entry forecourt, flexible atrium/function space and new and refurbished gallery areas that will double the gallery’s curatorial capacity, and an array of international state-of-the art back-of house areas.