Ara hub Te Kei wins Canterbury award

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29 Jun 2018

The New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA) has recognised Te Kei with a Canterbury Commercial Award.

Te Kei (meaning the bow of the canoe), designed by Athfield Architects, was completed in 2017 and faces the new North Green at the heart of the City campus with a second entrance facing towards Barbadoes Street.

The facility houses the executive, Finance, People and Development, Marketing Services and International Services teams, enabling a more collaborative, solutions-focused and efficient work environment.  

The judges commented: “The completion of a key move identified in the Ara Institute of Canterbury Master Plan is confidently expressed in Te Kei (the bow of the canoe), a gateway building that frames a new North Green, welcoming students and public as part of a wider urban design gesture.

“The composition of two major forms with a central atrium clearly invites interaction by way of a large interconnecting canopy, public in scale, whilst the materiality is tactile and at a very human scale. Internal planning is clearly non-hierarchical, respectful of the individual, colourful and with a clear focus on public and internal incidental interaction.”

Read more: Te Kei and public artwork by Catherine Griffiths.