Auckland War Memorial Museum
More than just a museum entry and exit; the South Atrium combines mana whenua welcome, cultural orientation and generous hospitality. The project was in response to create a space for all Aucklanders and visitors to the city to enjoy.
fjmtstudio has created an experience that promotes a deliberate intention to connect the past, present and future of this much-loved cultural destination. The design seeks to respect the building's heritage and fulfil its potential by breathing new life into the museum. A key driver of the works is to improve circulation routes and intuitive wayfinding, and to transform the Southern Atrium into a generously-sized, warm and accessible arrival space where visitors will be welcomed with manaakitanga.
The Museum now has two strong and distinctive entry experiences, one marking the Museum's history and global heritage, and the other celebrating its place in twenty first century Auckland and Aotearoa. The new western and eastern walkways seamlessly connect the 1929 building to its 21st century evolution.
This is a uniquely Auckland development. It cements the Museum's civic role as a social and cultural anchorage for the communities it serves.