Aratoi i-Site, Masterton
A later extension to the Aratoi complex, the i-Site takes its inspiration from the Wairarapa region, which is well known for its beautiful and diverse landscape that ranges from the rugged coastline of Castlepoint to the lush green valleys and hillsides of Tararua Forest Park. The abundance of fruit orchards, vineyards and olive groves makes the Wairarapa one of New Zealand’s top food and wine destinations.
This imagery informed the colour palette for the i-Site. On the exterior, bands of colour echo the rich hues of the local landscape and produce. Varied greens capture the sunlit hills and shaded olive groves, while the sunset yellow is reminiscent of the golden tones of an autumn orchard. The deep burgundy is reminiscent of the fine local Martinborough pinot noir and the red is drawn from the glossy crimson of ripe apples. This palette continue into the interior as bright surfaces on the painted wooden fins that divide up the space and as highlight colours throughout.
As well as allowing these feature colours to stand out, the modest scale, simple geometry and soft grey exterior of the i-Site building integrate it successfully into the existing Aratoi complex and ensure that it sits respectfully beside the neighbouring heritage church building. The i-Site thus achieves a balance between fitting gracefully into an understated setting and adding a vibrant visual richness that reflects the vitality of the Wairarapa region.
Client: Masterton Trust Lands Trust