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Michael McKenna - Works


This is an aid infrastructure project in the Solomon Islands for NZAID in partnership with the Solomon Islands Government. The site is located on Guadalcanal Island in the Panatina District of Honiara. The project is part of reform of this key Solomon Islands Government Department under the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI). The Solomon Islands are generally prone to both earthquakes and cyclones. The site is a narrow strip of reclaimed land with frontages to Kukun Highway and to the ocean (Iron Bottom Sound).

The design provides a new 735 sqm office pavilion with a new site entry and car park formalising site access and security. A new sound wall to the highway provides noise attenuation. The new offices are open plan and flexible, providing functional spaces and contemporary amenity. The architecture reflects a tradition of Solomon Islands pavilion with a modelled roof form, albeit in a contemporary way. The expressed ventilation lanterns to the roof provide natural ventilation and light to offices and are part of a comprehensive design response to this tropical environment.

As an aid project sustainability and durability are vital as the seaside locality is harsh on materials. Accordingly the selection of structure and materials is for durability with galvanized steel, marine grade aluminium louvre windows with crimesh screening, marine grade roofing and wall cladding. The end walls are screened for sun shading and are locations for plant and equipment. Stormwater from the roof is collected into tanks and used for landscape irrigation.

Stage: Construction complete.

Timeline: 2008-10