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KARAKA TOWER | Eastbourne, Wellington


Eastbourne, Wellington

Where do you turn when a lack of access looks as though it is going to hinder any potential development to an existing family home? Helicopters of course! The Karaka Tower project looks to employ prefabrication techniques, careful coordination and some good old Kiwi ingenuity to achieve a design that nestles alongside the existing home with limited disruption. The stacked modulated volumes are to be lifted onto a preformed building platform, through the tree canopy, achieving weathertightness onsite in a single day.

Challenges around construction methodology, weight restrictions, budget constraints and an unforgiving Wellington site make this the sort of extreme challenge Arete Architects thrive on.

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