Spaceworks were engaged to design the interiors Clutha Community Hub. This new sustainable space was to house a number of tenancies and functions and would replace the old community hall on the banks of the Mata-Au (Clutha River) in Balclutha.
The design narrative begins with an abstract of the river, with the interior symbolising the journey of this river as it flows through Central and South Otago weaving a pathway to the Pacific Ocean. The story begins with the source of the river (Lake Wanaka), realised in the interior by the full scale double height entry foyer.
The interior spaces have been designed to sit alongside the river path with an egress route that runs through the building as two branches, one on each level. Each area within the building is seen as a riverside activity, designed as a series of huts to house each activity, whether it be a space to meet, a place of work, or a space to share food, learn and gather information, all of these areas are connected to each other through the building’s main pathway.
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