The Sustainable Coastlines Flagship Education Centre is the most unique events, education, office and training space you’ll find on Auckland’s waterfront. The centre repurposed the innovative Samsung Home Smart Home, gifted to the organisation, and is constructed from 85% recycled, reclaimed or repurposed materials. It’s hoping to achieve Living Building Certification in a years’ time.
With the primary purpose of inviting visitors to explore the good, the bad and the ugly about our coastlines and waterways, the centre is 100% off the grid, free of toxic materials, net zero for water and waste. The $2.8m building, located on Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter was built for just $240k.
At the outset of the project, an integrated design approach was taken, bringing together a pro-bono team of architects, designers, strategists, engineers, tangata whenua and council representatives to establish how the project would progress.
Developing the design once the construction materials were sourced, the traditional design process was turned on its head. With over 10,000 hours of donated time, the team was also supported by inmates from Paremoremo prison on the building’s construction.
The final design houses exhibition, social and teaching spaces as well as administration, meeting offices and a kitchen. This is softened with timber decking and edible garden beds; made of upcycled pallets and salvaged railway sleepers.
Learn more about the project here.