Kopupaka Reserve Wins World Landscape of the Year 2016

Kopupaka Reserve – “an Auckland wetlands reserve featuring “woven” timber structures has been named World Landscape of the Year 2016 at the World Architecture Festival,” writes Amy Frearson for Dezeen.

The reserve, a 22-hectare landscape made up of five stormwater wetlands, has been designed by New Zealand firm Isthmus.

“Inspired by woven baskets for catching eel, Isthmus has developed an innovative river-wall system of interlocking timbers,” said judges of the awards, who “described the project as a successful translation of regional Maori traditions.”

“Simple yet sophisticated engienering allows the baskets to retain silt and create habitats which will shift and change over time.”

The World Architecture Festival awards aim to showcase the best architecture of the last 12 months.

Article Source: Dezeen, Amy Frearson, November 18, 2016

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