Tairawhiti Adult Mental Health Unit 
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Concept sketch by TOA Architects
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MAAP’s concept design for the Tairawhiti DHB Mental Health Facility has been developed in collaboration with Chow:Hill and Tamaki Makaurau Office Architecture (TOA) and informs the DHB’s business case for the development. The project has been developed following a whānau and community co-design approach.

Workshops with the user group and key stakeholders were undertaken to consider site selection and key aspirations for the future facility. The design team followed a Kaupapa Maori Design approach to identify and incorporate key cultural narratives and values into the design, with dedicated spaces supporting Maori concepts of healing.

The design reflects key aspects of the Tairawhiti DHB Services Plan and future models of care. It is well suited to the application of green design principles. A layout of relatively narrow blocks separated by courtyards allows for deep penetration of natural light and ventilation as well as solar radiation, particularly during winter.

 

Location

Gisborne, New Zealand

 

Sector

Mental Health

 

Client

Tairawhiti District Health Board

 

Role

Consultant Architect

 

Value

Undisclosed