Constructed in 2003 and 2004, the University of Auckland Fale Pasiftka is a landmark structure, both in its form and its use of traditional materials. It was an interesting and absorbing project for all of the design team’ and presented many creative and technical challenges. It is a fusion of traditional form and function with modem technology. It’s iconic upturned boat form was developed over time based on functional requirements, natural material availability and tools and building skills available. The Samoan culture is historically an ocean going one and a need for the shelter of large canoes led to the development of the first canoe houses.
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