Te Koha - The New Zealand Room

Te Koha – meaning gift, offering – provided a space for visitors to La Biennale 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 hosted events organised by event patrons, partners and supporters. It was a base for cultural events, including symposia on architecture, innovation, and the sciences. Te Koha was also supported by Te Mātau – meaning knowledge, understanding –  a small reading space in which visitors to New Zealand’s exhibition can discover more about 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 rooms that was sympathetic to the richness and tactility of New Zealand’s natural landscape.

Te Koha and Te Mātau 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