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Figure 25: Auckland region site investigation

This area overlooks the Waitemata harbour.




Locality map
Figure 26 The enclosed section of the map contains a high concentration of medical facilities for the blind all within close proximity. Geographically this is the heart of Auckland, providing high public transport services. The enclosed region is located outside the border line for the Somerville special school zoning, providing the perfect location for the desired design, as it requires educational facilities and is within a close radius of various medical facilities and the RNZFB.

North shore
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Auckland City 9 Newton 2 4 2 2 2 11 5 2 3 2

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New Lynn
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School intake zone

Manukau City
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Medical Facilities 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) Milford Eye Clinics Auckland Eye Eye Institute Mercy Hospital Ascot Eye Doctors

Existing facilities for the blind within the Auckland metropolitan limit

- Shared Surgery facility among other specialists in the medical centre. - Optical examination machinery specialty building. Performs LASIK laser eye surgery. - Offers operating theatres and day rooms along with support and public inquiries. - Provides surgical facilities and overnight accommodation. - Provides specialist optic operating theatres.

Educational Facilities 6) Oakland special school 7) Sommerville School - provides education for children with hearing, communication, intellectual, physical and visual impairments. B The school offers a special needs teacher training programme. 8) BLENNZ - (Blind and low vision education network of New Zealand) campus mentoring for visually impaired children providing normal classroom providing normal classroom environments. Specialized Support 9) RNZFB 10) Guide dog service facility - Royal New Zealand Foundation for the Blind.

Specialized Libraries 11) RNZFB Library 12) BLENNZ Library - (Royal New Zealand Foundation for the Blind) Library - (Blind and low vision education network of New Zealand) Library




Site selection
(Figure 27) This park is attributed and named after the mayor who served Auckland for 18 years.

Dove Myer Robinson Park

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The educational facility Overlooks the rose garden area and utilises the rose garden entrance as the main entrance to the facility the car park is directly opposite also Stage 2 Sensory Garden This section lines the already existing nature walk portion of the park and is opposite the already existing rose garden.
Gladstone Road


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(Figure 28) Dove Myer Robinson Park contains a myriad of beneficial amenities that can contribute to the proposed design programme. Consequently the final design should integrate and help enrich the existing amenities. The memorial sections and areas of cultural importance will not be disturbed as the oldest Manuka and largest Pohutukawa trees in Auckland are located on site, this section is highlighted in red.

Stage 3 Sound/Touch Art Gallery This section lines judges bay and provides a unique sloped contour to offer geographic diversity.

Judges Bay Road

Dove Myer Robinson Park Figure 29: Dove Myer Robinson Park




This area overlooks the Waitemata harbour.

Site investigation

Amenities and proposed site parameters

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(Figure 30) West view of park This area overlooks the Waitemata 1 War memorial section harbour. This area overlooks the Waitemata harbour.

(Figure 31 ) east view looking west up slope This area overlooks the Waitemata harbour.

Figure 32 east view looking down slope This area overlooks the Waitemata harbour. 4 Parnell Baths Salt pools within close proximity of judges bay providing easy access for swimming tutorials as the bay mimics a beach front in a safe controlled area.

Judges Bay

2 Parnells on the rose garden This is a wedding venue establishment.

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5 St Stephens Chapel Located on the eastern side of the site where the noise is minimal.

3 Parnell Rose gardens This consists of the Nancy Steen rose garden founded in 1982.

6 Nature trail A nature trail that allows the user to envision an unobstructed wilderness, the trees absorb exterior noise creating a tranquil environment .
(Figure 33) Site map

47 I T E overlooks ANALYSI S Waitemata harbour. ThisSarea the

Pedestrian access is abundant along Gladstone road with three main entrances

TRANSPORT (Figure 34) to the left shows Dove Myer Robinson Park access routes to the section of the park that is relevant. (Figure 35) below shows the rail network that passes through Auckland city and new market within close proximity of the park I Pedestrian access and pathways

The bus stops directly outside the main entrance to the Rose garden which continues to lead through the designated site

II Bus stops

Access along Judges bay Road is fairly secluded and quiet providing a great contrast between Gladstone road which is generally busy.

III Train Station and rail route

Gladstone Road Judges Bay Road

IV Vehicle access and parking areas




Geographic diversity
(figure 36) Site contour investigation
Sunlight coverage, soundscape and Geography are three important factors which have been largely considered in site selection and design location. The entrance of the propsed design(west sector) consists of a relatively flat contour exhibiting the rose garden with a slight slope that gradually becomes more defined as one approaches the eastern perimeter lining judges bay with an approximate slope of 12 mteres from the west to east (yellow line). The geographic variations of this site serve two main purposes: 1-as one descends along the slope the complexity of activities and architectural design will also increase in complexity and difficulty. 2-It provides a kinaesthetic landmark as the user will know their location eg. when they are walking down hill they are leaving the site.
Rose Garden

Environmental Conditions
N (figure 37) Sun light dispersion
Light in order to maximise and distribute the sun light coverage a slender form will be utilized spanning within the proposed site boundaires, light intensities play a crucial role in the development and understanding of architecture for the visually impaired as it is usually one of the most effective and well percieved visual attributes due to the variation between light and dark.
Judges Bay

The average Temperature in auckland is 15C with an average high of 23C in summer and a average low of 8C in winter. There are and average of 2093 hours of sun per year with an average of 5.7 hours per day. The below image created in ketchup and photoshop demonstartes the difference in coverage of the seasonal sun rays.