The Taupo Events Centre was developed to attract national and international standard events, providing significant economic spin-off for the town’s accommodation and hospitality industries, while serving a range of community activities. The location, adjacent to the AC Baths, enables integrated management and operation of both facilities.
International standard ‘show’ courts for all major indoor sports are included, with seating provided for 1,500 spectators. Three other indoor netball/basketballs/volleyball courts, and courts for other sports are provided, for community use.
Responding to the volumetric requirements of the sports played, a large curved roof encloses the space efficiently, minimising the building’s surface area, and resulting heat losses and gains through the building’s fabric. A natural ventilation system exploiting the ‘stack effect’ in tall spaces reduces energy use and provides enhanced indoor air quality. Natural daylighting and sensor-controlled artificial lighting helps to minimise energy use.
Supporting the local community, the iconic building creates a memorable image on this high-profile site and is referred to by locals as the “White Wētā” (a large insect native to New Zealand).