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OBSERVATION TOWER & ATHENAEUM I-SITE

D U N E D I N H E R I TA G E B U I L D I N G R E - U S E D E S I G N C O M P E T I T I O N Dunedin Athenaeum Building I SITE & OBSERVATION TOWER

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19.12.13


DESIGN STATEMENT Dunedin has an established culture of tower making. The tower typology is dotted throughout its urban grain. We have embraced this idea to create a starting point to explore Dunedin. Visually celebrating the two key cathedrals our design at the urban scale promotes reuse and appreciation of heritage sites by creating a 28m public vantage point and information centre. Its specific location of the building within the Octagon provides a perfect platform for civic amenity. The building contains three programmes; primarily it will be an interactive I-site, assisting the public and tourists to discover Dunedin. The I-site is unique equipped with an iconic lookout tower and cinema room. Accompanying this is a bike hire and maintenance centre in the renovated basement sub-level and an updated Athenaeum Library. We have maintained the integrity of the existing building with a sympathetic manner whilst significantly integrating these programmes. Apex

OBSERVATION TOWER & ATHENAEUM I-SITE

28m

45m

56m

47m

St Pauls Cathedral

1st Church

Municiple Chambers

SITE

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EXISTING BUILDING The Dunedin Athenaeum and Mechanics’ Institute, which opened in 1870 on a prominent site in The Octagon, Dunedin, is one of the oldest surviving main-Centre athenaeums still used for its original purpose in New Zealand. Currently the building is comprised of a bar, café, theatre, library, studio and storage, which in our assessment lacks coherence and requires the building to be partitioned in a way that separates the interior experience. DESIGN RESPONSE Our response is to introduce a unifying set of functions that will allow a better experience of the heritage structure. By re-aligned the programmes so that they are complimentary with each other, emphasising the building’s history as an Athenaeum and taking advantage of its location the building will now contribute at a civic level. SIGNIFICANT ASPECTS MAINTAINED - Heritage façade - ‘Athenaeum’ intended programme - Proportions of interior space and existing structure CIRCULATION A generous circulation spine is consolidated down the main axis of the building, making it easy to navigate. This spine links down to the basement level via a central internal stairway at the rear of the building and the existing stair at the front. All internal existing veritical circulation have been re-used. The advantage of a simplified circulation route creates seamless connections between programmes generating a positive heritage experience. The spine consolidates amenities such as bathrooms, but in doing so allows the public facilities to share patrons benefiting both parties.

Basement Level

A

R2

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Ground Level

D U N E D I N H E R I TA G E B U I L D I N G R E - U S E D E S I G N C O M P E T I T I O N Dunedin Athenaeum Building I SITE & OBSERVATION TOWER

First Floor Level

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I SITE ADIMINISTRATION

BASEMENT LEVEL 1:200

Open office space layout with conference/meeting Rooms for the administration of the I-Site. Landscaped breakout space for Office employees, minimise trees to maintain adequet day lighting levels in Office. b New toilet block and Office kitchen off entry hall. c Large Storage areas, possible for future office expansion. a

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BICYCLE HIRE & MAINTAINANCE Bicycle Rental Shop, public entry via southern Alleyway. Bicycle Maintenance workshop, commercial entry via eastern Alleyway. f Storage facility, provides lockers to to store gear when adventuring around the city. g Small Coffee shop, place for people to wait and mingle. h Bicycle friendly, southern Alleyway. d e b

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Basement Level

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R3 e

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LIBRARY

GROUND LEVEL 1:200

Re-organising the office space and adjusting the mezzanine, the intervention sits within the existing heritage fabric clearly distinguished by contrasting materials and details (read the old vs the new). b Updating the existing library incorporating digital resources such as the computer area on mezzanine. c Reconfiguring the Library desk, with digital technology. a

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I SITE Relocate the I Site from Princes St, to free up the existing I Site so it can return to a public art gallery. e A CafĂŠ space that will activate the Octagon street edge, suitable for the users of the I Site. f The I Site reception is clearly visible from the street, where promotional imagery can be displayed. g Booking and Information Centre, A large display area for digital booking and advertising local attractions. h A extended cinema for heritage/promotional/educational video to be displayed. i Simplifying the cinema entry for the larger influx of people. j The addition of a toilet block to the Ground floor of the Lean-to, links to existing plumbing below, whilst opening up the Booking and Information Centre. d

c

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Ground Level

R4 h

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D U N E D I N H E R I TA G E B U I L D I N G R E - U S E D E S I G N C O M P E T I T I O N Dunedin Athenaeum Building I SITE & OBSERVATION TOWER

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FIRST FLOOR LEVEL 1:200 a

OBSERVATION TOWER d

c

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The tower is a starting point for tourists as a visual reference. Photo spot (creates an unprecedented 360o view where both the first church and St Pauls cathedral can be viewed for the first time celebrating their traditional design features. b

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The observation tower takes its dimensions from the existing ground floor plan aligning with key structure and minimising visual impact on the ground floor. c

The tower is accessed via the existing stair on the first floor. e The light weight steel construction is clad with a concrete panel system paying homage to the regions traditional stone construction. d

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The white observation deck visually interacts with the local cloud conditions. R1

On the interior stairwell a graphic timeline educates visitors about the city’s history as they ascend the tower. R5

TOWER PLANS

1:500

First Floor Level

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R5

R6

R7

SUMMARY This proposal brings together planning strategies for Dunedin’s urban scale, celebrating its existing architectural landmarks with a new observation tower building and contemporary renovation. The relocation of the I-site and introduction of the digital and sustainable tourist ventures, like the bike hire would bring a new life to the Athenaeum building and Octagon. With the implementation of complementary programmes which are wellmatched to the heritage building, it creates a unified experience. Overall the proposal contributes an unprecedented heritage experience for Dunedin’s central city for both locals and visitors.

NORTH - SOUTH SECTION

NTS

D U N E D I N H E R I TA G E B U I L D I N G R E - U S E D E S I G N C O M P E T I T I O N Dunedin Athenaeum Building I SITE & OBSERVATION TOWER

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A6

Dunedin Heritage Competition  

A new Observation Tower design for the Octagon

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