MOTAT Aviation Display Hall
The Aviation Display Hall is a major new museum facility for MOTAT’s collection of historic aircraft. Its exhibition space, designed in collaboration with exhibition designers Freeman Ryan, offers an international-quality museum experience of the history of New Zealand aviation.
At over 3000m2, the new building has ample space to accommodate the aircraft and is located on a closed landfill, meaning that it is effectively on recycled land. Using the unique capabilities of massive LVL (laminated veneered lumber) portal frames, it spans 42 metres, encompassing the great wingspan of the aircraft. Its design is a timber interpretation of the hangar form, wrapping meaningful interior spaces within an exterior that provides visual expression and interest from the street. The Display Hall is also designed to function as an education area, incorporating reception areas for students, classroom provision and provision for other specific student needs.
From the outset, sustainable design measures have been an integral part of the overall design approach. The building utilises a ventilation strategy that favours natural ventilation in conjunction with a ‘heat chimney’ on the north of the building and requires only a low provision of mechanical heating. Glazing to specific areas of gallery space also maximises natural light where appropriate.
(text from architects' website)
Contributed by ArchiTeam
Client: Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT)
Size: 3,300 sqm
Photos: Studio Pacific Architecture
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