Te Koha - The New Zealand Room
2016

The New Zealand Room, or Te Koha – the gift – provides a space for those interested in learning more about New Zealand architecture and design to immerse themselves in our design culture. 

During the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale, Te Koha will host events organised by event patrons, partners and supporters. It will also be a base for cultural events, including symposia on architecture, innovation, and the sciences. It will also be supported by Te Mātau, a small reading space, in which visitors to New Zealand’s exhibition can discover more about New Zealand architecture and creative industries through selected publications and writings.

The design strategy for both spaces was to work with innovative New Zealand-based suppliers and locally source materials in order to develop an identity for the room that was sympathetic to the richness and tactility of New Zealand’s natural landscape. Central to this approach was mauri – the essence which binds and animates all things in the physical world. It is through mauri that mana (power, prestige) can flow between a person, object, or material.

Te Koha and Te Matau would not have been possible without the commitment of our manufacturers and suppliers. Both rooms have been generously supported by: Abodo, David Trubridge, Nick Radford, Nodi Rugs, Philips Selecon, Resene, Robinson Interiors, Rockcote, Resident and Vanda Holdings. With special thanks to: Campaign for Wool NZ, Camira Fabrics, Okewa, and Ngā Aho.

Photography by Mary Gaudin