Rangitoto Kayak Shelter

2021, D1

With storage, the necessity of functionality often outweighs the value of appearance. Instead of hiding the kayaks away in a building using the standard storage method of hanging or sitting kayaks on shelves, the storage is the base of the design. Inspired by harakeke, the kayaks stand in individual lockers in the form of square-based pyramids angled over a washing station. The interior face of the spike is made of mesh, which allows water to drip through into the basin and provides air circulation to help with drying. The building’s design revolves around this part of the shelter, with a manually run conveyor belt from the water leading to the back deck to access storage and the side entry for washing. A sectioned off space adjacent to this entry holds wetsuits, keeping the wet and dry areas separate. Past this space, the shelter opens up into a shaded seating area and an open deck with multiple levels to account for the changing tide. The shelter is designed to hold eight kayaks and seating for four people. The primary audience is groups run by organisations such as Adventure Specialties Trust and Hilary Outdoors.