Navy Museum Shortlisted For Architecture Prize

Posted by on Oct 13, 2011 | 1 Comment

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The new Navy Museum at Torpedo Bay has been shortlisted in consideration for the 2011 New Zealand Institute of Architects Auckland Architecture Awards. The awards jury, which included leading Auckland architects Gary Lawson and Tim Hay recently the visited the building which was entered in the Public Architecture, Heritage and Interior Architecture categories.

Local Devonport architects Herriot + Melhuish : Architecture Ltd the led the design team which included local heritage Architect Dave Pearson, Opus International Consultants and Pearson and Associates Architects.

Ken Davis of Herriot + Melhuish : Architecture Ltd said about the project: “The aim was to develop an integrated contemporary museum experience that linked the heritage of the site and buildings with the history of the Navy, as described in its exhibitions, while maximizing the potential of its extraordinary maritime location.”

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The Royal NZ Navy required a larger, more visible, modern Museum to better tell its histories, while enhancing its accessibility and public profile.

In June 2008 the decision was made to relocate the museum from Devonport Navy Base, into existing heritage Navy buildings at Torpedo Bay.

The site located below Devonport’s iconic North Head volcanic reserve, has a rich and significant history, from its early Pre-European Maori occupation to European industry (Boat Building) and extensive Military activity.

The site has been continuously occupied by New Zealand Military Forces since 1880, and a number of its buildings have significant heritage value, principally in their role as part of Auckland’s early defence system.

The significant heritage buildings have been retained and sensitively modified to create a cohesive museum campus, built around an accessible maritime open space. This continues the “ribbon” of public waterfront space from the Navy Base, through Devonport, to North Head.

Heavy timber wall elements define entry and contrast with the uniformity of the dark grey of the disparate buildings and provide a visual link that helps unify the campus and the wider landscape.

Constrained by the limited budget, the Museum’s functional spaces have been designed to fit within the existing buildings and energy efficiency has been achieved through inclusion of passive systems and natural ventilation.

The design articulates key heritage elements and exploits the generous internal volumes, to create a range of spatial experiences; from the dark atmosphere of the exhibition spaces and its densely crafted exhibitions, to the light, white spaces of the entry and cafe, which open out to the site and harbour/city beyond

Commander David Wright, Director, Navy Museum was delighted with the outcome; “The redevelopment of the Navy Museum has been a resounding success with the Museum now firmly placed as a crucial component of New Zealand’s culture and heritage landscape”

OPENED: October 2010

BUDGET: Base Building Upgrade: $1,500,000 + GST

Exhibition Fit out: $800,000 + GST

Architects: Herriot + Melhuish : Architecture Ltd and Opus Architecture Ltd

Heritage Consultant: Dave Pearson Architects Ltd

Exhibition 3D Design:  Pearson & Associates Architects Ltd

1 comment

  1. Hi, just so that you know The Letter Q Ltd., design directors Hannah Kerr and Nick Eagles, won a Silver Pin at the Best Design Awards last Friday 7th October for the exhibition design of the Navy Museum. Excellent work.

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