Patrick Reynolds

SCION Innovation Hub - Te Whare Nui o Tuteata

Firm LocationGrey Lynn,, New Zealand
CompanyRTA Studio and Irving Smith Architects
Lead ArchitectRichard Naish (RTA) & Jeremy Smith (ISA)
Design TeamRTA: Ben Dallimore, Adam Dwen, Natalie Stebben, Thomas Keeler. ISA: Andrew Irving, Blair Sigley, Gaby Van Der Boom

This project is a reinvention of the Rotorua headquarters of Scion, a Crown Research Institute that specialises in technology development for the forestry industry. Aptly located amongst the redwoods on the edge of Whakarewarewa Forest Park, the project brings the Scion workforce, previously siloed around a sprawling campus, into a central innovation hub. Named after Tuteata, an ancestor of the three local subtribes ‘Te Whare Nui o Tuteata’ is a cutting-edge showcase for engineered timber not only in terms of the aesthetic but what it contributes to a carbon-zero future.