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Company:Prosper Northland Trust
Project:Te Kākano (The Seed), Whangarei
Te Kākano (the Seed) is the precursor to the larger Hundertwasser Art Centre, an ambitious civic building that will represent the Austrian emigrant architect’s last built project anywhere in the world. Greg was bought on as project manager for Te Kākano, the purpose of which was to serve as an example of what the proposed Hundertwasser Art Gallery would look like, while supporting the fundraising efforts for the larger project. The delivery of Te Kākano also demonstrated that Northland had the capability to construct such a complex style of building.
It was apparent to the judges that Te Kākano could not have been built without Greg. He made a considerable personal investment of time and resources into the project from the very outset. He involved himself in fundraising and personally lobbied for the project to receive local support. Greg had to call upon all his 40 years of building experience to construct this tiny 26m2 structure, one in which all design aspects involved non-standard detailing and adherence to guidelines set by the Hundertwasser Foundation in Vienna.
To achieve the outcomes required of this complex building, considerable trialing of construction techniques and finishes, some of which Greg tested on his own property, at his own cost. The result is the delivery of a unique project that the Northland community has rallied around and has led to the city of Whangarei now embarking on the Hundertwasser museum project.
In the eyes of one referee; “Greg rose to the challenge to not only lead his team on the delivery of
Te Kākano, but also the proposed Hundertwasser Art Centre. He put countless hours into the project for no reward other than his personal belief and passion for the project and the wider regional benefits that the building would provide.