TE WARE HONONGA Digital Fabrication

26 September 2022

The new building at Taranaki Cathedral will be a centre for peace and reconciliation; called Te Whare Hononga – The House That Binds.

The single storied structure consists of a diagrid wall system with the main roof members ‘hung’ from perimeter support finger elements. The design of Te Whare Hononga reflects the weaving of a kete (basket) that holds precious taonga (treasure).

Red Stag TimberLab were engaged to provide a digital fabricated solution for the Glulam and LVL hybrid structure.

Due to the complicated architectural geometry and structural layout, members needed to be carefully modelled and CNC processed to allow the design intent to be realised. As an example, some of the perimeter cranked finger members needed to be nested out of larger panels to ensure continuity in structure without any joints.

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