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CONCEPTUAL DIAGRAMS Narrative The New Zealand Earthquake Museum aims to guide people on a journey through the museum, and put them into spaces that triggers different emotions about earthquakes. On the journey through the museum, the user starts by feeling hopeless about the situation and are exposed to everything bad all at once. They then move through to the educational space to learn about what they have just experienced. After the educational space, they move into the final two exhibition spaces, which give them hope about the rebuild and current state. They then onto the memorial where they can remember those who have died in past earthquakes.
























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How light could penetrate into the space. 2.45m





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FORM DEVELOPMENT Level changes and form Here, we get a more defined sense of how the level changes in the museum could allow different amounts on light to enter the space and cause varying emotions in the user. The lowest the building drops will be 4.96m below ground in the first exhibition space. The exterior form of the building is largely defined by the structure. The structure has been left exposed in order to reflect the exposure that people often feel when they’re in a large earthquake. This will draw people in as the structure will be the first thing they notice about the museum.

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FLOOR PLAN_LEVEL 1 In the atrium on the first floor of the Earthquake museum, there are stairs leading up to the second floor and a small shop w h e r e s o u v e n i r s c a n b e p u r c h a s e d a s w e l l a s t i c k e t s f o r t h e m u s e u m . To i l e t s a r e l o c a t e d j u s t o u t o f t h e s h o p . P e o p l e t h e n make the transition down the stairs and into the first exhibition space, this is the darkest and lowest space in the museum. T h e y t h e n w a l k u p a s m a l l r a m p i n t o t h e E d u c a t i o n a l s p a c e w h e r e t h e y c a n l e a r n m o r e a b o u t N e w Z e a l a n d ’s p a s t earthquakes. They then go down into the second Exhibition space, which sits slightly below ground. From there they move into the final exhibition space and finally to the memorial in the middle of the museum. Yo u c a n s e e g h o w t h e l a r g e s t r u c t u r a l e l e m e n t s i n t h e b u i l d i n g b e g i n t o r e f l e c t t h e n a r r a t i v e i n t h e b u i l d i n g t h r o u g h t h e changes in light seen in plan. The first exhibition space in the darkest, and has the largest structural elements, while the last exhibition space and memorial is the brightest with the lightest structural elements.





FLOOR PLAN_LEVEL 2 The second floor of the Earthquake Museum contains the office space, and the restaurant/cafe. The office takes up most of the f l o o r, w i t h t h e r e s t a u r a n t / c a f e o n l y t a k i n g u p a s m a l l a m o u n t o n t h e l e f t h a n d s i d e . S t a i r s l e a d i n g f r o m t h e a t r i u m t o t h e o f fice space are located in the north-east of the building. The office space contains a reception, an open office for 6 workers, 2 private offices, 2 meeting rooms, a staff room/kitchenette, building equipment room, I.T room, security room, storage and a staff toilet. The restaurant in the south-west part of the building can seat up to 70 people at any time, with the option for 16 of these people being seated outside. Yo u c a n s e e i n t h i s f l o o r p l a n h o w t h e d i f f e r e n t s i z e d w i n d o w a n d g a p s b e t w e e n t h e s t r u c t u r a l e l e m e n t s c r e a t e u n i q u e l i g h t patterns in the interior of the office space.

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1. Stairs 2. Security Room 3. Reception 4. Kitchen/staff area 5. Meeting room 1 6. Open office/storage 7. Meeting room 2 Office



8. Private office 1 9. Private office 2 10. Building equipment 11. I.T 12. Disable/unisex toilets 13. Restaurant Kitchen 14. Main restaurant

SECTION A-A This section shows some of the most important spaces in the museum. At the bottom right we can see the first exhibition space, and how this then transitions up into the Educational space. The change in light qualities here show how the space transition to a dark space that makes you feel shaken, up into a lighter space that makes you feel more at ease. On the top level, we can see the main office space, and part of the kitchen in the restaurant. The way that the rooms have been divided in the main office area ensure that all of the workers have adequate space, as well as having space for meeting room, kitchens, and everything else that is required in a modern office environment.

SECTION B-B This section shows the atrium space on the left, as well as the second and third exhibition spaces. The second exhibition space comes straight after the educational space, so it is a point to reflect on the new information that you have j u s t l e a r n t . Yo u t h e n t r a n s i t i o n i n t o t h e l a s t e x h i b i t i o n s p a c e a n d t h e m e m o r i a l , p l a c e s t o r e f l e c t o n t h e l i v e s l o s t i n p a s t N Z earthquakes, as well as be hopeful about the future rebuild of quake damaged cities. The Atrium space on the left is the first space that people will be in when at the museum. In contains a small shop, as well and stairs which lead up to the office space on level 2.

SECTION C-C This section shows the second floor reception and kitchen to the left, with the Earthquake memorial being located in the middle. The memorial drops about 2.5m below ground, with retaining displaying the names of the deceased, as well as basic information about past New Zealand earthquakes. The memorial is able to be accessed straight from the third exhibition space. T h e r e c e p t i o n o f t h e o f f i c e s p a c e i s f i t t i n g l y, t h e f i r s t s p a c e p e o p l e e n t e r i n t o w h e n w a l k i n g u p t h e s t a i r s f r o m t h e a t r i u m . T h e k i t c h e n o f t h e o f f i c e s p a c e h a s v i e w t o t h e n o r t h o v e r We l l i n g t o n H a r b o u r.

New Zealand Earthquake Museum  
New Zealand Earthquake Museum