Arch + Alps

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Moginie, Amelia
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Master of Architecture (Professional)
Unitec Institute of Technology
Francis, Kerry
Pretty, Annabel
Masters Thesis
Ngā Upoko Tukutuku (Māori subject headings)
New Zealand
alpine shelters
Southern Alps (N.Z.)
Harris Mountain Range (N.Z.)
Black Peak Hut (Harris Mountain Range, N.Z.)
ANZSRC Field of Research Code (2020)
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 An unpublished research project submitted in partial fufilment of the requirements of the degree of Master of Architecture Professional.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.
RESEARCH QUESTION: How can Architecture express a deeper understanding of the dynamic mountain environment within an alpine shelter? The aim of this research paper is to design an alpine shelter to replace an existing hut located on Black Peak within the Harris Mountain Range near Wanaka, in the South Island of New Zealand. The area is easily accessible from the summit of nearby Treble Cone ski field by ski touring in the winter or walking in the summer, and is a short helicopter transfer from Cattle Flat Station in the Matukituki Valley. Aims / objectives of the project Looking at the Harris mountainscape, allowing architecture to reflect this unique identity. –– Creating greater access into the Harris Mountains, encouraging tourism in the area and access for all levels of ski touring. –– Challenging traditional modes of landscape perception and engagement with the land. –– Utilizing local materials and specific construction techniques to strengthen engagement with the landscape. –– Creating a ski touring hut in the Harris Mountains, with more of a retreat feel, changing the way we perceive a hut in the mountains. –– Most New Zealand huts currently have no integration with the landscape in the way that every site is unique and the hut should reflect this. –– Creating a hut that reflects human emotions – for example, the mood in the hut can be very tense – the anticipation and preparation of the journey ahead, early morning departure, carefully watching the weather - requires the hut to encourage rest and to generate a more relaxed feel to counteract this way of thinking. –– Separating spaces also would make a difference, as in many cases, when the main hut door is opened, the entire hut interior is exposed, filling with cold mountain air when anyone enters or exits. This would be addressed by adding a separate entry room that could also double as storage and drying area for gear, which in turn eliminates the current wind tunnel effect.
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