Client : Matamata Public Relations Association
Building Type : Commercial - Tourism
Floor Area : 200m2
Design : 4 months
Construction : 2 months
Fresh from developing the Hobbiton Green Dragon fitout, Gavin was engaged to work on the iSite project. The brief was to turn the tired 80’s façade into a centrepiece and drawcard for visitors to the region, as well as somewhat of a taster of what is on offer at the Hobbiton Movie Set.
The first stage of the project involved the removal of the exterior verandah and a Hobbit-themed exterior skin was applied to the North and Eastern sides. Within a year the visitor numbers were through the roof, so a second stage was proposed. This time the Southern end of the building was opened-up and an extension added, to further enhance the interior spaces, and form a completely themed exterior.
Tricky detailing was required to ensure that the original building underneath was not compromised by the ‘clip on façade’. Windows and doors were configured to maximise light and provide better access for visitors. Gavin 3D modelled each piece of the exterior timber framing and joinery, to help speed up productivity on site. The flowing artificially thatched roof was installed, and individually designed and crafted windows, doors and timber detailing brought the fantasy world of Tolkien into public reality.
Gavin undertook the complete design development and Architectural documentation for both phases of the project. Working closely with the Client and Project Manager, Gavin developed the building design within a tight programme and created a unique solution which has helped put Matamata firmly on the map.