Te Ara Hihiko reflects the importance of creative arts at Massey University’s Wellington Campus by providing a flag-ship, inspiring space to learn. The winner of numerous design, architecture and timber awards this building sets the tone for innovation and the future of earthquake resistant buildings.
A global first in the use of a Laminated Veneer Lumber frame, designed in components that are bound together by post-tensioned steel.
The technology enables the building to rock and sway during an earthquake, springing back to its original position after the tremor has ceased, rather than rupturing and causing damage. This allows re-occupation of the building as soon as possible after an earthquake.