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The University of Auckland's new Fale Pasifika is part meeting house and concert hall and part educational facility

Pacific point of view

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The fale itself, which provides the university with a meeting house and concert hall, is designed to closely resemble the traditional design of South Pacific meeting houses.

Modern touches in the design include the wooden floors, supplied and laid by Hardwood Technology. This patterned floor matches the fale's Pacific theme and maximises the reflected light produced by the overhead lighting system.

To meet the architect's specifications, Hardwood Technology created a system that accurately produced square boards with no gaps over a large floor area and, at the same time, kept the floor tiles flat. To do this, the floorboards were machined to very close tolerances with a tongue and groove to avoid filling, creepage or error in the pattern.

Hardwood Technology was asked to work on the fale by Ebert Construction.

"We have used Hardwood Technology for a number of projects and are happy with their workmanship and the way they deal with clients," says Kumar Kandakumaran of Ebert Construction.

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For more information, contact Hardwood Technology, 17 Greenmount Drive, East Tamaki, Auckland, phone (09) 274 9712, fax (09) 274 9217. Email: enquiries@hardwood.co.nz.

First published date: 25 March 2005

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