Project
TE KAI
Category

 Education

Location

Christchurch

Architect

Athfield Architects

Main Contractor

Southbase Construction

Completion

2017

 

TE Kai, the bow of the canoe, is the heart of the City campus at Ara - Institute of Canterbury. A purpose built administration block, Home of the leadership team of ara.

Designed by Athfield Architects, Te Kai features a distinctive pre-weathered zinc cladding installed by us. The choosen pre-manufactured Adeka tile from VM-Zinc complements the design ideas of Te Kai and the small format gives an almost tactile appearance. The clean and innovative flashing solutions create a minimalistic distortions from the consistency of the adeka tile. The small format zinc tile is backed with a polystyrene wedge which is bonded to the underside, to ensure the rigidity of the panel. This is achiving the distinctive aesthetics of the diamond shaped elements.