Arch + Alps
Citation:Moginie, A. (2016). Arch + Alps. An unpublished research project submitted in partial fufilment of the requirements of the degree of Master of Architecture Professional. Unitec Institute of Technology, New Zealand.
Permanent link to Research Bank record:http://hdl.handle.net/10652/3633
The backcountry mountain hut is part of the fabric of New Zealand culture and history.These huts portray a beacon of shelter, a point to strive towards, a goal to reach - a new space, and to most, a personal challenge and intensely memorable experience.The journey to these remote places poses a heightened element of risk and a fear of the unknown. However, this feeling and experience is not often expressed architecturally within the built structure and form of these huts. The opportunity arose to re-design the way a mountain hut is perceived and integrated into both the journey of those using the shelter, and the surrounding alpine environment. Historically, many of the existing mix of Department of Conservation and privately owned huts that dot the snow capped Southern Alps are simple, spartan, box-like structures, often built by volunteers using simple inexpensive materials, influenced heavily by weight restrictions and low building costs. These huts are often austere structures with rudimentary facilities, and, consequently, little or no thought has been given to their design, which in most cases, fail to re ect or respond to, the context of the surrounding environment. This project will look into developing a deeper sense of place within the New Zealand alpine environment, explored through the medium of designing an isolated alpine shelter. This shelter will respond to the natural landscape embodying certain experiences and emotions through use of spatial sequence and organization. The spaces within the hut will be fragmented and completely disembodied from the traditional way a hut is viewed and utilized. Spaces aim to be more porous, and less removed from the rugged landscape outside the shelter. The process of bringing outdoor elements into the design will create a level of controlled discomfort, heightening the users’ awareness to the strength and weight of the surrounding mountain environment – creating an active and interactive alpine shelter. Site: Black Peak Hut is located at 1725M above sea level and situated within the Harris Mountain Range in the Southern Alps of New Zealand.