In the Netherlands we saw a system that prioritised land-use over ownership and exclusion, experiencing first hand how access to space can enable diverse communities, organisations and businesses to develop and thrive.
We've since worked with with some amazing people in Whāngarei, helping transform an empty warehouse [wood] and an unused church [oneonesix] into thriving community hubs.
Over thirteen thousand people visit oneonesix every year, for world-renowned theatre to shoemaking, community radio to mau rākau, movement therapy to lavish balls - while over twenty community and impact organisations have called the wood home.
In 2019 we turned our attention to Whanganui-a-Tara, visiting a number of spaces throughout that year - looking for somewhere suitable to support the local impact community. In October we found our spot, and by January 2020 we had the keys to our new space!
Guided by design principles of inclusion, fun, material re-use and sustainability, we’re working with CoLiberate, Studio Pacific Architecture, BPM, X-Frame, Designtree, Seedling, Smash Palace, of body fresh desk and many more to bring the space to life - with two/fiftyseven scheduled to open in December 2020.