The project, “The Watchful ones’’ transforms the once overlooked mountain as a civic symbol to honour Reipae. And the vision was a portrayal of the Maori ancestress, hidden beneath, unknown to the modern civilisation. Despite the circumstances, she continues being ‘watchful’, constantly surveilling her home.
It plays with the unconventionality of reversing or turning a hiking trail ‘upside down’ – experiencing what it feels like to be underground, to be Reipae herself. This was made possible by integrating notions of periscope architecture, hence the presence of two periscopic towers driven underneath. Through this innovation, it enables us to see from below; the play of light’s reflectivity and refractivity.
This project has a purpose of delivering a new experience; how we become Reipae; how we become “The Watchful Ones”.