Waikune: A New Life for an Old Prison
How a contemporary architectural response could revitalise a forgotten building with a tough past.
This paper focusing on the Waikune Prison on the Volcanic Plateau, investigates adaptive reuse of a neglected prison complex, as an important strategy towards the conservation of built and cultural heritage.
This paper focuses on studying
different design strategies in adaptive reuse of historic buildings. Through
literature reviews, case studies and by investigating theories of conservation
movements and contemporary approaches to adaptive reuse, this paper will
demonstrate that a clear design strategy is key to revitalising abandoned and
neglected buildings. A clear design strategy will identify the aims for
preservation of the existing building and how new interventions and additions
can be added that are clearly distinguished from the old. The abandoned building’s past can be respected and a new future facilitated
within a new use.