At the end of a Rānui suburban cul-de-sac
A community garden is growing
With water, at the centre of life
Entering from the street,
A wide gentle ramp welcomes us,
Reminiscent of the surrounding trees,
A solid trunk is grown out of the ground
Draped over with a large roof canopy
Anchored down with water tanks
A multifunctional workshop space with an abundance of tools & knowledge,
community kitchen, and most importantly - hygienic toilet facilities,
Serves the community garden growers well throughout the year.
The practical needs of this community have been provided,
accentuated and celebrated
through its architectural form.
A highly local and universal building typology.
Sustainability here is in
Natural low carbon building materials,
Rainwater collection and usage,
Passive shading and ventilation,
and space for local social connections and pollination of knowledge.