Welcome Shelter

Innovative project delivery

The Welcome Shelter is an environmental education and volunteering facility at the Longbush Ecosanctuary. It was constructed by 88 community volunteers led by Sarosh Mulla, using materials donated by 84 sponsors. 

The design research looks at how architecture has been used in viewing the New Zealand landscape since colonisation and amplifies the techniques drawn from the European Picturesque in defining images of the landscape as imaginative historic constructions. The Welcome Shelter is the central design work of Sarosh Mulla's PhD in Architecture by Creative Practice. The Welcome Shelter is the largest volunteer constructed piece of public architecture in New Zealand.

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Services offered: Project Initiation/ Aspirational Brief Consultancy/ Design/ Documentation/ Consents/ Sponsorship/ Marketing/ Construction/ Programming/ Project Management.  

Year of completion: 2015

More information: www.welcomeshelter.com


St. Thomas' Chapel

conservation & contemporary design

St. Thomas' Chapel is located inside the historic St. Matthews -in-the-City Church. The project required the restoration of historic fabric from a wrecked missionary ship, together with the design of a new enclosure for this material.

The Chapel is designed to provide an accurate representation of the original historic fabric's form, while satisfying the need for the new portions of work to be practical and of their time. The onyx lantern mounted above the restored chapel references the position of the chapel - just below deck- on the ship while also connecting with a recurrent theme in ecclesiastical architecture which embodies a heavenly light above. 

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Services offered: Design/ Documentation/ Consents/ Tendering/ Contract Administration.  

Year of completion: 2011

More information: www.salmondreed.co.nz

Paper Sky

Immersive environments & Hand Craft

Paper Sky was an installation created for Urbis Design Day with the design collective OH.NO.SUMO. 

The design entailed the creation of a sinuous paper ceiling created from 20,000 hand folded paper modules. The project created an immersive environment which responded to variable LED lighting. The system of construction allowed for the ceiling to be actively sculpted through construction and required no additional superstructure. The project was achieved by mobilising a large volunteer team and a diverse group of like minded sponsors.

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Services offered: Aspirational Brief Consultancy/ Design/ Documentation/ Sponsorship/ Construction/  Project Management.  

Year of completion: 2010

More information: www.ohnosumo.com

Cupcake Pavilion

Digital Fabrication for a good cause

Cupcake Pavilion was a fundraising bake sale pavilion created for Auckland Architecture Week and benefiting the Auckland Children's Hospital (Starship Hospital). This was the first installation project for design collective, OH.NO.SUMO.

The project involved the creation of a parametrically designed laser cut cardboard structure that held 1,000 artisan cupcakes. The project raised over $3,000 for Starship and sold out in 90 minutes. Carried out at the height of the global financial crisis, the Cupcake Pavilion showed that architects can bring positive projects to fruition through innovation. 

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Services offered: Project Initiation/ Design/ Documentation/ Consents/ Sponsorship/ Marketing/ Construction/ Programming/ Project Management.  

Year of completion: 2009

More information: www.ohnosumo.com