Week 7- Design Alterations and Te Aranga

Floor Plan with alterations and fix ups needed

After the formative presentation and getting feedback from the teacher, I have had to make some alterations to my design.

Bar Pool- The first issue was that my third pool (bar/drinking pool) made the space too segregated. This pool was initially divided from the other by a glass wall to filter out noise, with that long bar table made out of rimu, connected to the opening out into the forest. Since this space is intended for the whole public, including families, this meant children would not be allowed to get right up to the opening to enjoy the nature close up. It put restrictions on people, although it did make a more mature and sophisticates bathhouse. I have removed the wall and changed it to a main pool, kiddie pool and small seated pool with a water fountain.

Spa- Since I had more going on with three pools and a spa, then had to change it, I wanted to add a new focal point to my bathing space which would be fun and interactive for everyone. Initially, I had a green wall of plants growing in front of the spa. However, I have added two more columns around this seated mini pool and added a mini water fountain on this back wall.

Temperature + Infinity– The Spa, kiddie pool+main, and the bar pool all had separate temperature. The kiddie pool was an infinity pool running into the main which ran off into the gutter by the glass wall. Then the bar pool was an infinity running out into the forest (gutter). This seemed complicated and I couldn’t get my full infinity effect with a hot bath and segregated bar stopping me. Now that the bar pool has merged with the main, and the spa and turned into a fountain and intimate seated bath, I can have a proper infinity pool with the small pool fountain plus kiddie pool water wall flowing into the kiddie then main then out. Its far more simple, and the source of flowing water is far nicer since its coming from a feature fountain. This system gets filtered and recycled back into itself so its self sustaining. IS THIS TRUEEE

Showers- Originally I had three small and private showers in my unisex bathroom, with an awkward column making a weird space in between two of the showers. It was suggested to me that I made two showers plus a big family/disabled shower which works much better in this space.

Bar steps– Since the bar pool was removed/merged, there was no need to access in front of the bar, so I want to close it off with a half wall made out of the white marble slate stone tiles, and plat some lush green foliage on top of this.

Ensuring Te Aranga principles are met

Manaakitanga is central to Maori society and inspires the way that travelers are made to feel welcome when visiting New Zealand. In Maori culture, manaakitanga is a traditional value that is considered to be hugely important. It is basically the value of being hospitable. I have ensured to have this principle in my design through the hygiene products we provide for guests, the towels and slippers, as well as the food and drinks bar to serve our guests with whatever food or snacks they desire during their forest bathing experience. I want to ensure visitors feel welcome here.

Kaitiakitanga means guardianship or management. It is where the land all over Aotearoa is considered a resource to be respected according to this principle. I am meeting this principle with the restoration and recycling of rimu wood (native to New Zealand, throughout my bathhouse. I am also enhancing the natural environment in my pocket forest, making sure native and significant flora and fauna is key to this natural landscape. I am wanting to re-establish the biodiversity in this area, attracting and bring back the native birds and insects.

Whanaungatanga is met through my bathhouse design as it is a public space where all is welcome. I encourage family, friends, strangers and individuals alike to come into this space to experience this connection with wai (water), whenua (land), ngāhere (forest). In doing so will acknowledge the relationship between Papatuanuku (Mother Earth) and Ranginui (Sky Father), Tane ( god of the forest) and Tangaroa (god of the sea). This strengthens each member and gives them a sense of belonging.


  • Environmental health is protected, maintained and / or enhanced
  • Attributes:
  • The wider development area and all elements and developments within the site are considered on the basis of protecting, maintaining or enhancing mauri
  • The quality of wai (water), whenua (land), ngāhere (forest) and air are actively monitored
  • Water, energy and material resources are conserved
  • Community wellbeing is enhanced
  • Application:
  • Daylighting, restoration and planting of waterways
  • Contaminated areas of soil are remediated
  • Rainwater collection systems, grey-water recycling systems and passive solar design opportunities are explored in the design process
  • Hard landscape and building materials which are locally sourced and of high cultural value to mana whenua are explored in the design process

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