Annika Andresen

New Zealand
Auckland University


Student at Auckland University currently in her fifth year at the University of Auckland, studying a Masters of Architecture. She is particularly interested in investigating sustainable practices for public engagement programmes to inspire others to gain a better understanding of their environment.

Project Title
The Bay of Islands Marine Rehabilitation and Research Center ​
My aim was to investigate the architectural theme of ‘merging’, using interventions such as an inhabitable skin which allows the building to blend into its surroundings over time. Due to the sensitive nature of the site, it was intended that the architecture would take a recessive role in relation to the landscape. The complex is made up of individual modules, fabricated off-site, that clip together to form a network that is encased with an outer skin. The concept is influenced by the remoteness of the site, where each section would need to be brought in by barge or helicopter. These individual elements are linked together by a series of pathways and the single, organic and inhabitable canopy of the roof.