August 18, 2023
Te Atamira, a multi-purpose creative and cultural space in the Whakatipu region, has been recognised with an NZIA 2023 Southern Architecture Award, in the Public Architecture category.
Ignite’s design response for Te Atamira aligns with the client’s vision: to enrich people’s quality of life and contribute to the district’s cultural, social, and economic vitality.
Te Atamira, meaning a performance stage or platform in Māori, caters to more than 40 groups and organisations. Encompassing two dance studios, two theatre spaces, a recording studio, a pottery workshop, multiple artist studios and music spaces, a workshop classroom, curated art gallery and a flexible youth-focused space, the new hub creates opportunities for locals to foster creativity and experience performing and visual arts.
Ignite Associate Director and the Project Lead, Jeremy Dunlop says, “The inception of this facility provides residents access to high calibre visual and performing arts and enables pathways for their own creative endeavours. We are so pleased to have assisted the Te Atamira Whakatipu Community Trust with this space, that’s quickly become a bustling focal point in the area, for both locals and visitors.”
In the first four months of opening, Te Atamira had 43,000 people visiting the facility, bolstering its popularity. The facility has housed artists from the United States, United Kingdom, and Germany, and will continue to provide exposure to international work.
Learn more about this project here.