Te AWA The Base

05 October 2011

Te AWA The Base, Te Rapa, Waikato

Completed: Oct 2011
Architect: Ignite Architects
Engineer: Holmes Consulting Group
Contractor: Naylor Love

Te Awa - the Base Shopping Centre is one of NZ's Largest shopping complex's, On arrival to Te Awa, shoppers are welcomed by majestic feature Monarc panels soaring 14 meters high with a weight in excess of 30 tonne. Monarc's Diamond honed surface textures reveals natural aggreates to front, rear and panel side edges representative of the mighty Waikato river bed an essential feature of the structures architectural design. 

Monarc structural facades are sectioned by integrating 'push-pull design' precast walls. The 3 dimensional form was created using custom designed  interlocking mould forms to generate an array of panels with a continual interweaved design - a semblance to the woven flax kit and a cultural symbolism element to the Tainui Tribe and Principal Tanui Group Holdings.

Monarc was also utilised to compliment the design essence through internal precast elements located in the food court. Polished concrete tables and lean-to panels were embellished with crushed glass and colour backed inlays, symbolic of the hosts logo.

Monarc provided an incomparable quality solution to the precast elements allowing realisation of the architectural theme while providing durability and longevity to the demanding shopping environment for generations to follow. 


Monarc Specifications

3D Moulded Monarc Precast Wall Panels
(150mm Structural Thickness +50mm +25mm +25mm)

Colour: MONARC Oyster 0019 
Texture: F6 
Detailing: Adjustable component mould for design repetition

Monarc Wall panels
(220mm Structural Thickness)

Colour: MONARC Oyster 0019 
Texture: Monarc Diamond Honed 5000  
Detailing: Edges: Diamond Hand honed
                 Chamfers: Standard 15mm x 15mm 

Diamond honed panels were coated with Resene's Solvent based 403 Uracryl Gloss Anti graffiti coating. (Supplied and applied post install by others.)

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