The creation of the Whare Manu Bird Auditorium is to introduce a focal point at the entrance of Urupukapuka Island. In partnership with Project Island Song, the island is currently a target for restoration of endangered bird species native to New Zealand. The design proposes an interactive teaching space that is inspired by the protocol of the traditional Maori process. Imagining birds as the host of the island, the visitors are invited to utilise the Maori instrument poi awhiowhio-traditionally used as a bird lure-to frame a self-introduction as they enter the land.
The pavilion mimics the form of a speaker that can be entered by both ends by stairs or a ramp, while also allowing birds to fly across. At the centre of the room are storage spaces and cleaning tools where the instruments are stored and performed to be amplified outwards, attracting birds towards the pavilion. The two manukau trees on the ends in addition to the grid walls on the sides provides nesting spaces for birds, while at the same time blinding the vision to emphasise the sensory experience. To fulfil teaching facilities, stools can be pooled out in combination with a display board to transform the space into a teaching space for school visits.
Project Video: Sound Simulation of The Auditory Experience at The Whare Manu.