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West Coast Visitor Centre Utilises Mass Timber

13 February 2024

Sheppard and Rout Architects: The redevelopment of Dolomite Point in Punakaiki is a very important project for the West Coast and a new visitor Experience Centre is a key part of the redevelopment.

The new building has been placed on the existing open lawn area as this was determined to have the least impact on the environment and preserve the most native vegetation. The building is formed from a series of curves that avoid significant Nikau groves and form semi enclosed sunny pleasant outdoor areas.


The building is constructed to maximise the use of mass timber as structure and sustainably sourced timber for cladding, ceiling battens, and decks. It has a raised timber floor and a structure of LVL and Glulam exposed as much as possible. The cladding and decks are West Coast Red Beech. The Centre also has a green roof comprising local native vegetation to further encourage biodiversity of the region.

In one of New Zealand’s most sensitive and special natural environments the new visitor Experience Centre takes our obligations to protect and enhance this place seriously.

Click here to visit the Sheppard and Rout website.

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