Wellington’s new Convention and Exhibition Centre, Tākina, has a unique sculptural form that draws inspiration from a wide range of sources including its maritime location, Wellington's dramatic, and sometimes wild, weather patterns, and landforms.
It also draws from Maori mythology, specifically 'Te Ūpoko-o-Te-Ika-o-Māui' Maui's head of the fish. The legend refers to the forming of Te Whanganui a Tara - Wellington's unique harbour and waterfront geology and topography. The resulting design is organic and dynamic.
The 18,000sqm building is primarily clad in a shimmering glass skin around a soft flowing form. The material of the glass cladding will respond to differing light conditions throughout the day - giving variance to the building. At times a singular overall form will be prominent as the glazing will appear more or less monolithic, while at other times the translucency will reveal a subtle inner shape and internal activity.
Tākina is designed to achieve a five-star NZ Greenstar rating upon completion. As a leading example of sustainable convention centres in New Zealand, the building includes sustainable features and adaptable systems to emit 60-70% less carbon and use 60-70% less energy than similar buildings.