The opportunity for First Principles Architects and Interiors to design the Mangere Birthing Centre, evolved from the close collaboration between the clients and stakeholders, as building owners and operators.


FPA were fortunate to be appointed as architects and interior designers for the original Bethlehem Birthing Centre, which is fully operational and very successful, closely followed by Mangere Birthing Centre which is under construction.


The new birthing centre in Mangere has 20 self-contained birthing suites all with their own bathroom. This is complimented by the reception foyer, administration and mid-wife’s offices and central amenities. The lower level provides space for support tenancies of 820m². The inspiration for the concept design was based on a mother nurturing her new born baby. This story developed through the shape of the site and the organic form of the building.


This is reflected both in plan and the sculptural profile of the building resembling the “Folds of the baby’s blanket”. It was important to also understand the reason for building the birthing centre in the location. Mangere has a strong community with a
large population of mixed cultures from Maori to many of the Pacific Islands, such as Samoan, and Tongan. 


The architecture and pattern making in the curved tiled walls and the columns or Pou of the Porte cochere all reflect the rich heritage of the people that live in Mangere. There are different patterns flowing through various elements that represent the “Flounder” which is the local story for Mangere.

As well as the Basket weave which is symbolic of the baby’s blanket known as “Wahakura” and an evolution of the “Taniko motives”.

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