Te Oro, New Zealand by Archimedia -2015


Te Oro is a creative facility for young people from the communities of Glen Innes and Panmure.
The layering of ideas means Te Oro is interpreted by the community in multiple ways – a traditional place of learning and tuition; a grove of trees; an adzed log, a modern “fale”; an anthropomorphic “creature”, a giant tree-house or a musical instrument. In all these interpretations, Te Oro retains its sense of being “New Zealand Pacific” and completely specific to its people, place and time.

The site, a carpark adjoining Line Road, terminates a “finger park” following a traditional pathway from the Tamaki River to higher ground. The design enhances the public realm and built environment of Glen Innes.