Kairoa Brewing is inspired by New Zealand’s vast cultural, climatic and geographic landscapes. The open rooftop expresses the open and airy feel of the far country’s temperate coastal regions, while the massing of the second story takes cues from the vernacular agrarian forms such as the gable roofed structures that dot the New Zealand countryside.
A meandering metal slat canopy shades the rooftop deck, materializing the expression of the land of the long white cloud, the original Maori name for the islands. The material palette of wood slats, corrugated metal, and abundant glazing is an expression of the vernacular structures that gives Kairoa it’s iconic form, while the high-contrast color scheme is inspired by native Maori artwork.
The designer kept the interior intentionally light with the perimeter clad in whitewashed wood siding and accented by a brass bar top that sits atop a Maori inspired wood mural crafted from lumber reclaimed from parts of the original structure. An abstracted 3D wood panel graphic boldly accentuates the elevator tower while the beer taps are clad with a laser etched brass mural inspired by the Maori Koru, symbolizing new life and growth for this addition to University Heights.