Department of Conservation
Aorangi Mt Cook
2009 Canterbury Interior Architecture Award
The realisation of a vision that DOC had held for a number of years – to rebuild their Aoraki Mt Cook National Park Visitor Centre into an iconic building befitting its unique location, natural and cultural heritage whilst meeting the needs of DOC, local community and visitors. The project included building a museum and a 3D-state-of-the-art planetarium theatre including the southern hemispheres first tilting dome that boasts some of the worlds most sophisticated star gazing technology. Arrow were involved in the project from the initial feasibility stage, leading and co-ordinating the design team, obtaining consents and approval and delivering the construction phases of both the interior and exterior within a tight timeframe.
A tight timeframe over winter to minimise the impact on the busy hotel summer operation; Building within a national park with up to 600mm of snow overnight and 1meter ground frosts; Using pre-cast panels and structural steel framing to keep the amount of insitu concrete to a minimum; Working closely with the hotel’s management team to provide a safe and comfortable working environment, bring the project to completion ahead of time and allow it to remain operational; A very high standard of detail and workmanship.