After an extensive renovation and strengthening exercise, Ngāmotu House in New Plymouth has become a central hub for Taranaki businesses and adds to the vitality of New Plymouth’s West End precinct.

Boon Architects collaborated closely with Te Atiawa and Ngāti Te Whiti to intricately infuse a Te Atiawa cultural narrative into the renovation. The outer appearance of the structure pays homage to Te Atiawa ancestor Rongoueroa, revered as the mother of Awanuiārangi, symbolised through the depiction of a parawai - a prestigious cloak crafted from flax fibre. Additionally, the architectural concept mirrors the significance of Taranaki Maunga as an ancestral figure for the community, with each floor's windows tinted in varied hues to echo the mountain's horizontal layers.

The 'Richie Rail 20' illuminated handrail was the ideal product for this project with its IP67 rated LED strip and 316 marine-grade stainless steel construction. The red LEDs in the illuminated handrail not only provide wayfinding light, but also create a striking visual addition to the design of the building.

Architect: Boon
Fabricator: Rivet
Photographer: Roger Richardson & Moth Light

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