We were commissioned to develop a new community garden in The Village On the Park which will act as a meeting place for the retirement village and childcare centre which share the site in Newtown, Wellington.
The Tenths Trust are the Mana Whenua of the site as well as a major shareholder in the village so the project sought to recognise this status through references to Wharenui in the shelter structure over the garden and Pou Whenua at its entrance. Steel ribs form the main structure which is clad with vegetated screens and panels of Manuka which provide shelter to the garden. Raised beds provide opportunities for accessible gardening by the elderly. A meeting room, workshop and garden shed are also accommodated on the tight site.