Following a national design competition, Warren and Mahoney was selected
as architect of the New Zealand pavilion for the World Expo Shanghai 2010.
The pavilion was themed “Cities of Nature: Living Between Land and Sky,” and
showcased the balance between city and nature through the indigenous Maori
culture’s myths about creation. The capital cost was $25 million.
The pavilion design was composed of three sequential experiences: a welcome/
arrival space, an internal exhibition space, and an external rooftop garden.
Consolidation on MicroStation, Bentley Architecture, and MicroStation
PowerDraft helped Warren and Mahoney create a welcoming representation of
New Zealand’s culture and identity.
Ourimbah Campus Library
The $2.1 million extension of the Ourimbah Campus Library in Ourimbah,
Australia, integrated the building with the adjacent quadrangle, provided an
entry with a sense of arrival, and modified the interior meeting and study
spaces. The double-height glazed space included a steel-framed curved stair
connecting the two levels. Challenges included balancing the visual connection
with the quadrangle against the need to limit heat and glare in the interior.
Using MicroStation and Bentley Architecture, most details were modeled in
3D to visualize how they would look in context. Visual communication with the
client was vital to the success of the project. Accurate modeling facilitated the
creation of many illustrations depicting options for several design elements,
which resulted in clear client feedback.