French Memorial Competition
The team behind “Carrière de Mémoire – Quarry of Memory” assembled by Andrew Sexton Architecture, explained how "a collection of underground quarries in France, named after New Zealand towns and cities, have offered the inspiration for a memorial which brings these place names, inscribed beneath French soil, back to the surface at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park.
Incorporating plant species from France as well as Aotearoa/New Zealand, the site-design by Mark Newdick Landscape Architects, asserts the ongoing, living, cyclical nature of the memorial and of memory itself.
Texts by poets Gregory O'Brien and Jenny Bornholdt (in English, French and Maori) inscribed into the walls, link France and New Zealand and offer a lyrical reflection on past, present and future. The memorial is to be experienced in the round, and invites participation and exploration, offering a space not only for reflection upon historical events but also for contemplation of the mysteries and illuminations of individual and cultural life - those things that bind us to each other and to the natural world."
In collaboration with Architecture 3 and Sarah Poff, MNLA were commissioned by Housing New Zealand to assist with the refurbishment of the landscape around the category 1 Heritage listed Centennial Flats in Berhampore, Wellington. The flats are a rare example of Bauhaus style in New Zealand, a precursor to modernism and are described by Housing Minister Paula Bennett as the jewel in the crown of the Housing NZ portfolio.
Our work largely focussed on the area around the circular community building which had been converted in to an apartment in the 1980’s. Its reinstatement as a resource for the immediate and broader community was the catalyst for a number of landscape interventions including a community garden, playground, picnic areas, traffic calming and reconfigured parking areas and a multifunctional terrace to cater for a variety of events and everyday uses.
The design aims to modernise the space and broaden the range of activities and functions provided for without adversely affecting the architectural integrity of the original design.
The Village on the Park
MNLA were commissioned to develop a new community garden in The Village On the Park which will act as a meeting place for the retirement village and childcare centre which share the site in Newtown, Wellington.
The Tenths Trust are the Mana Whenua of the site as well as a major shareholder in the village so the project sought to recognise this status through references to Wharenui in the shelter structure over the garden and Pou Whenua at its entrance. Steel ribs form the main structure which is clad with vegetated screens and panels of Manuka which provide shelter to the garden. Raised beds provide opportunities for accessible gardening by the elderly. A meeting room, workshop and garden shed are also accommodated on the tight site.
Grove Mill Winery
In August 2015, Foley family Wines commissioned MNLA to prepare a comprehensive landscape masterplan for their Grove Mill estate in Marlborough, which after many years of gradual built development has outgrown its landscape treatment.
The masterplan works with Grove Mill's strong sustainability focus to rehabilitate the wetland on the site and re-establish the visual and physical connections lost as the buildings were extended. Several courtyard spaces are proposed for events and staff as well as are large lawn area next to the wetland for large functions. The design also makes use of several thousand cubic metres of soil displaced by new buildings into sculptural mounds which provide a continuous link from the wetland to the tasting room and provide compliance with resource consent requirements to screen and soften the large buildings.
The Tenths Trust commissioned MNLA to revitalise the atea of Pipitea Marae in central Wellington. The space provides for a wide range of uses including formal powhiri and hui, a safe place for children to play and a rare greenspace for surrounding residents in urban Thorndon.
A basket weave paving pattern is used to suggest the meeting and entwining of two parties and provide gentle, ramped access from street level to the atea above. The existing overscaled retaining wall was partially removed and replaced with a curving, ponga log clad embankment to entice visitors into the atea. Two large lawns are created either side to accommodate larger functions, one of which slopes to form an amphitheatre for the atea.
The project won a national award for outstanding design and was nominated for the Te Karanga o te Tui award in the 2015 New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects awards. It also received an award for innovative public space in the Wellington Civic Trust Awards in 2013, has been featured twice in New Zealand's journal of Landscape Architecture and once in Architecture Now.
Australian Memorial Wellington
In collaboration with Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects in Sydney and Paul Rolfe Architects in Wellington, MNLA won the international design competition to develop a memorial to the ANZAC alliance and the enduring relationship between New Zealand and Australia. The memorial is located opposite the National War Memorial in Wellington's Pukeahu National War Memorial Park designed by Wraight + Athfields and was completed in March 2015 ahead of the ANZAC centenary commemorations.
The design uses rough cut red stone to create fifteen columns and paving inlays to reference the Australian landscape, inlayed with panels of black granite to symbolise New Zealand. The black granite is engraved or carved with with Maori and Aboriginal artwork. Flowering gum trees and mass planted bottlebrush continue the Australian landscape reference and will, in time, soften the memorial and provide shelter for the park's central plaza from Wellington's infamous northerly wind.
To date, the project won an award for international architecture with the Australian Institute of Achitects in 2016.
Te Awa Lifecare
MNLA were engaged in 2013 to provide lead design services for a new retirement village and childcare facility in Cambridge which will house over 500 residents in a variety of accommodation types including a hospital. MNLA coordinated input from architects, ecologists, archaeologists, planners, traffic and civil engineers as well as Iwi and Council to develop a masterplan for a 15 year building programme.
The landscape lead masterplan worked to protect and enhance the picturesque site and place buildings in locations which required minimal removal of the existing extensive tree cover. A series of recreational open spaces were integrated throughout the development which included sustainable initiatives such as wetlands, raingardens and improved riparian areas to treat the stormwater collected on site before it ran into the Waikato River. The project received resource consent in August 2015 and is due to commence construction in 2016.
MAF Ecological Garden
In association with a new reception and cafe building in MAF’s Biosecurity campus in Upper Hutt, MNLA have developed an ecology garden to receive stormwater and enhance habitat values on the site.
The project gained a 5 star accreditation from the NZ Green Building Council.
The stormwater from the new green building’s roof will be filtered through a planted swale instead of being directed into the main stormwater system.