Stevens Lawson Architects handled the redevelopment of the Mission’s existing premises on Hobson St, with a brief to express the values of the organisation and provide a home for the most vulnerable communities. Most of the building is constructed of Cross Laminated Timber – it’s New Zealand’s tallest timber building – and the steel cross-bracing and other features deliberately evoke a Pacific feel.
Manaakitanga – meaning hospitality and respect – is reflected in the provision of services and is embodied in the building itself. At HomeGround, the Mission’s community dining room ‘Haeata’ has a brand new commercial kitchen and a welcoming space for street whānau to enjoy a warm meal. The building’s ground floor is inviting and easily accessible, and community spaces are provided throughout, including a roof terrace and function rooms.