Case Study

Kakapo Creek Children’s Garden

  • Location
    Mairangi Bay, Auckland
  • Client
    Kaenan Trust
  • Architect
    Collingridge & Smith Architects
  • Structural Engineer
    Markplan Consulting
  • Builder
    Meridian Construction
  • Date

All-round Sustainability

Our Challenge
The Mairangi Bay Children's Garden was designed around connection and biophilia. Techlam were chosen to supply a disc shaped roof structure, featuring high strength timber, complex connections, and pre-assembled rafter sections. This was a challenge our team were more than capable of!

This bespoke structure was another one-of-a-kind design from Collingridge and Smith Architects - the fourth childcare collaboration with Techlam.

The Techlam Solution
The project offered up some challenges. A nationwide shortage of structural timber meant that supply was an issue, but Techlam provided a solution and it came together nicely. Kakapo Creek blurs the line between indoors and out - connecting spaces with a central garden and playground, enveloped by the outer classrooms. A living roof planted atop the glulam structure creates a healthy natural environment for the children and improves their experience through biophilic elements. Overall, this sustainable, innovative and welcoming space will contribute greatly to New Zealand's tamariki. Techlam and the wider project team collaborated from an early stage, and right through site construction stages to ensure a successful result.

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Kaye McKean


Kaenan Trust

“Techlam were solution orientated from the very beginning of our project. They were entirely pleasant to work with and went above and beyond the call of duty in helping us meet our project goals.”

“Our building is an oval shape and the extensive exposed glulam beams connect in an intricate web of triangular shapes meaning that measurements had to be very precise and joining them together required high technical skill. At all times Techlam were problem solvers with a can-do attitude. When the going got tough with Australian bush fires affecting the supply chain, Techlam stepped up and found a solution for us that helped keep our project moving. Today architects visit to look at our building and marvel at the stunning creation that Techlam has built for us. ”

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