2009 NZIA Waikato Bay of Plenty Architecture Award, 2009 Registered Masters Builders Gold Award
Our brief asked for a unique and contemporary cafe and function facility for one of Hamilton’s most valuable urban locations.
The building design allowed for all cafe and function room spaces to have panoramic views and direct access to the lake and playgrounds. The immediate context provided design cues for the overall design. For example, the canopy's exposed and expressive curves were inspired by the playground equipment, while the white membrane of the ‘verandah’ canopy reference the boats and balloons that grace the lake.
Multiple Environmental Sustainable Design (ESD) features were incorporated into the design; the floors, walls and ceilings are highly insulated, windows and doors are double glazed, the cafe has a passive ventilation system and its floor is heated by water supplied from solar panels on the roof. Rainwater is also collected and used for toilet flushing.
Energy efficient lighting is fitted throughout and the verandah membrane canopy provides sun and glare control to the cafe and function rooms. At night, low powered LED lights illuminate the canopy to give the building an ethereal presence at the edge of the lake and provide a subtle backdrop for the activity within.