In collaboration with Henry Stephens &
1st Place Competition Entry ︎ AAA Unbuilt Architecture Awards.
Exhibited ︎ The Venice Biennale 2016
Awaroa, Abel Tasman National Park, Aotearoa New Zealand
Exciting and beautiful, taking
the mythology of the lighthouse to create a luminous interior world and an
engaging object in the landscape. ”
Located within New Zealand’s Abel Tasman National Park,
this work situates architecture in the mid-point between the otherworldly
beauty of the New Zealand landscape, and an anxiety of destroying it latent
within its national psyche.
Recording material seismic data from a local
network of telemetric rods at its base, this work questions the extremity of
human influence for the sake of preservation.
Historical citation for the project belongs to the lighthouse, which is addressed as both an architectural typology for inquiry, and for its imagistic quality. Historically pictured amidst precipitous coastline and shrouded by violent waters, its solidity, stability and reassuredness within its siting becomes the idyllic reference point for the vertical structure romanticised on shaky ground.