Brooklands Lagoon Public Toilet

Located at the Styx River mouth, at a site of cultural significance to the local Maori community, this small and functional building with viewing platform was designed to reference the site’s history of voyage.

Location

  • Christchurch, New Zealand

Client

  • Christchurch City Council

Project Status

  • Completed 2009

Awards

  • 2015 NZIA Canterbury Branch Award – Small Project Architecture
  • 2015 NZIA National Award

Located at the Styx River mouth, at a site of cultural significance to the local Maori community, this small and functional building with viewing platform was designed to reference the site’s history of voyage. Four carved timber raised posts, pouwhenua, symbolise four significant ancestors of the area.  The pouwhenua provide visual and physical links along the North South alignment as well as providing a sense of gateway entering and leaving the journey along the Styx River.

The design of the viewing platform structure was directly influenced by the form of a double hull waka, which is of significant to this site, as it is where the voyager’s transition from river reed raft to coastal double hull waka, would have occurred.