Future Museum : Future Museum
SECTION TWO – FUTURE MUSEUM IN DETAIL 14. The museum building Tamaki Paenga Hira – Auckland War Memorial Museum is a listed heritage building and an iconic building in the Tamaki Makaurau Auckland landscape. It contains consecrated spaces, and is a spiritual place for many tupuna (in the form of taonga). It is important that we continue to celebrate the architecture, maintain the fabric and protect the integrity of the founding design. Our responsibilities in these areas are foremost in our mind as we look to the museum’s future. Already, the building receives more visitors than it can comfortably cater for, and pressures will increase as audiences grow. Future Museum will address these issues (and more), making the museum building work for visitors, employees and volunteers. 14.1 A building for all Future Museum proposes investment in the building to both resolve issues that affect visitors, such as way-finding and circulation, and ensure it is fit for the future. The potential of newer architectural features, such as the bowl and events centre, will be further developed so that more people can appreciate and use them. We also plan to open out the galleries to create a feeling of room and light. As part of Future Museum we will work with heritage architects on projects that affect the building. We will also create opportunities for visitors to appreciate the beauty of the building, as a taonga in its own right. All developments will support and integrate with the museum’s Heritage Maintenance Plan, and investments and work currently scheduled under that plan will remain a priority. 14.2 Navigation and access Future Museum will address the museum’s navigation and access issues, so that visitors can more confidently explore the museum. This includes issues with the building’s entrances, for example resolving access difficulties with the powerful north entrance, and fulfilling the southern entry’s potential as a gateway for large groups. 24 Navigation within the building will be made clearer, and the flow and legibility of the internal spaces (how easy it is for people to understand where to go and how to move around) will be improved. 14.3 Visitor comfort As a result of Future Museum, the museum building will be more comfortable and inviting, with places visitors can gather, rest and take in the wonder of their surroundings. Visitors will feel welcomed as they arrive and confident about where to go. Improving transport interchange and car park access are aspirations that will be explored. Windows will be uncovered, where appropriate, to let in light and let people see out, providing a sense of connection to the landscape. The commercial areas, such as the shops and cafe, will be more enticing and effective, providing a distinctively Auckland Museum experience and a better income stream for the museum. 14.4 Building infrastructure Future Museum will provide Auckland Museum with core infrastructure that makes the building flexible and fit for the future. Infrastructure will serve the needs of the collections, and will support visitors’ museum experiences and staff as they go about their work. The aim is to achieve a level of technical flexibility throughout the building that allows us to service the changing uses of spaces and provide consistent infrastructure throughout the building. This includes physical infrastructure (such as lighting, fire protection and air conditioning systems) and information and communication technologies. 14.5 Work spaces Making sure that work spaces are fit for purpose and well located is an aim of our plans for the museum building. Staff, research and volunteer work spaces need to be efficient, flexible, technically supported and close to natural light. They must cater for the diversity and personal needs of the people who use them, and enable offsite working where this is required. 14.6 Auckland Domain We will work closely with Auckland Council to develop shared aspirations for the domain and the museum’s place within it, building their combined status as a destination in the city. We will also continue to collaborate with the council and other organisations to address transport, way-finding and security issues. Our aspiration is for visitors to be easily able to reach the museum by foot, public or private transport, both from within the domain and further afield.