The Cloak - Te Kaitaka, Auckland International Airport
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The Cloak - Te Kaitaka; Photo Courtesy Stormwater360Project Name: The Cloak - Te Kaitaka, Auckland International Airport
Year: 2013
Owner: Auckland Airport
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Building Type: Aviation
Type: Extensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 2250 sq.ft.
Slope: 38%
Access: Inaccessible, Open to Public
Submitted by: Greg Yeoman, Stormwater360

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:
Designer: Greg Yeoman, Stormwater360
Modular Greenroof System: LiveRoof®
LiveRoof® Supplier: Stormwater360 New Zealand
Grower: Stormwater360
Installation: Stormwater360
Growing Medium: LiveRoof™ by Stormwater360 New Zealand
Architect: Fearon Hay Architects
Structure: Mott MacDonald, Warner Brunton
Fabricator 'Cloak Fabrication & Installation': Cameron McAuley & Justin Groves, Design Productions
General Contractor: Brian Hutton & Rob Anderson, Alaska Construction Ltd.
Project Manager: Bruce McDonald & Lisa Bryan, RCP Ltd.
The Cloak - Te Kaitaka; Photo Courtesy Stormwater360The Cloak - Te Kaitaka; Photo Courtesy Stormwater360The Cloak - Te Kaitaka; Photo Courtesy Stormwater360
The District is New Zealand's ultimate business location in the heart of the growing urban environment at Auckland International Airport, offering the ability to work, play, rest, shop, dine, and fly. Fearon Hay Architects won the new property sales and marketing suite project with their competition entry and were selected to create a flexible space for hosting events and meetings plus introduce the strategy and opportunities behind the developing precinct. Sited on the Manukau Harbour, 'The Cloak,' or Te Kaitaka in Maori, is a 208m2 greenroofed event space meeting a copper mesh 'cloak' screen shrouding two walls of the showcase building positioned in the centre of the airport's new business district.

"A sculptural built form is sited on the corner of two recently upgraded streets, one heavily traffic based & one focussed on the pedestrian. The functional brief was simple - a flexible space for hosting events, meetings & introducing the strategy & opportunities behind the developing precinct. Beyond these functional requirements, the brief was aspirational - the architecture should demonstrate opportunities for innovative design & sustainable operation," (Fearon Hay Architects).

Stormwater360 were selected as the sole supplier of the greenroof using the LiveRoof® 150mm deep extensive greenroof system.
The Cloak - Te Kaitaka; Photo Courtesy Stormwater360The Cloak - Te Kaitaka; Photo Courtesy Stormwater360
The contoured living greenroof was established over a shaped engineered timber frame, providing the shoulders from which an encircling and distinctive woven mesh screen forms, creating The Cloak. With some roof faces up to 30 degree pitch, the greenroof application in an exposed location required technical design expertise and LiveRoof's pre-vegetated 150mm deep extensive system was selected by Stormwater360. Working with engineers to develop a lateral support system on the 20+ degree roof faces, they used mechanically fixed perforated aluminum 'Roof Edge' to support the loads.

Plant selection to match Fearon Hay's brief as well as sustain the steep slopes and windy conditions was also a technical task. This was achieved using a selection of pre-trialed native New Zealand grasses, groundcovers and sedum plants pre-grown in the LiveRoof® modules for a four month period prior to installation.

Stormwater360’s ‘LiteRoof™’ lightweight greenroof growing media ensured successful plant establishment as well as minimising ongoing maintenance costs. The lightweight media ensured that the greenroof complied with maximum available roof loading values. Roofing was plywood sheet clad with a two-layer torch-on Equus DeBoer DUO Waterproofing which incorporates a root inhibitor layer especially for greenroof applications.

The Cloak - Te Kaitaka was a top winning entry in the 2014 World Architecture Festival and New Zealand's Best Spatial Design, Built Environment. The architecture of 'The Cloak' - Te Kaitaka - demonstrates innovative design and sustainable operation.

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'The Cloak' – Te Kaitaka - Auckland International Airport is located at Ray Emery Dr, Auckland 2022, New Zealand; +64 9-275 0789. Watch the 2:15 The Cloak - Te Kaitaka, Auckland International Airport Project of the Week Video video from Greenroofs.com on the greenroofsTV channel on YouTube.

See the project profiles from
Fearon Hay Architects and Stormwater360. See the 1:57 Te Kaitaka (The Cloak) Construction video from AKL Airport on YouTube. Read the November 18, 2014 The winning architecture of Fearon Hay by Claire McCall in The New Zealand Herald; September 30, 2014 Te Kaitaka - The Cloak by Justine Harvey in ArchitectureNow and the July 18, 2014 Te Kaitaka – The Cloak / Fearon Hay Architects in ArchDaily. For more information about The Cloak - Te Kaitaka, Auckland International Airport project, contact Greg Yeoman of Stormwater360 at: +64 9 476 5586; or GregY@stormwater360.co.nz; visit www.stormwater360.co.nz. Learn about LiveRoof in The Greenroof & Greenwall Directory.
 
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