The building has been built to some of the highest environmental standards, and is constructed to meet the requirements of the Living Building Challenge.
The charred cladding reflects a tragic part of Tuhoe heritage, where the New Zealand Government unleashed a “scorched earth” policy against Tuhoe, burning their food and lands in the late 1800’s.
Abodo Wood, together with around fifteen Tuhoe Park rangers charred the exterior panels in Abodo Vulcan Cladding , known as “Pou” these panels flank each side of the building itself. A series of signage was then charred and installed around the site.
View the charring process video here.
The build was designed by Tennent Brown Architects, the building achieved a 2017 NZIA Branch Award.
How long does charred timber last? Read more here
We applaud the winners of this year’s Timber Design Awards, many of which made use of Abodo timbers.
To help save time and money for builders, alongside reducing timber wastage, a range of selected set lengths are now available to order.
Alison brings a wealth of experience to Abodo with over 30 years spanning architecture, building, and joinery.