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The Mission Estate Winery, Hawkes Bay

The Mission Winery was originally built in 1888 by Brothers in Meeanee, in three sections from Indian teak and dragged to its present location on bullock carts. It was the centre for the Marist Brothers vineyard providing accommodation and the administrative functions for the wine making operations.

After more than a century of continuous use the seminary closed and private operators took over the mission and its wine operation. Fat Parrot were engaged to re-purpose the historic building as a visitor centre and retail shop for the modern corporate winemakers.

The building was catalogued, disassembled and all essential parts were stored for re-use. A new cellar was built and a new steel structure was erected to meet current building codes. The building was then reconstructed using  the original materials.

Visitor numbers increased from 50 per day to 2000, which ensured that the vineyard was sustainable for the future.

Fat Parrot was awarded a NZIA National Heritage Award for this project.

 Westermans Building Restoration, Hastings

This building is one of the most prominent Art Deco buildings in Hawkes Bay – a real landmark on the corner of Heretaunga and Russell Streets. Fat Parrot worked on this project over a period of several years, first restoring the ground floor and fitting it out as the new i-site shop. A few years later, we restored and fitted the upper level out as executive offices for a lawyers firm and a Charity Trust. This involved recreating some of the intricate woodwork and joinery, light fittings, plaster mouldings, signage, cabinetry, etc. to match the existing finishes and fittings

Fat Parrot was awarded a Commendation by the Art Deco Trust in 2002 and 2004 for this project.


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One of the great beauties of architecture is that each time, it is like life starting all over again

-- Renzo Piano

Architecture is really about well-being. I think that people want to feel good in a space… On the one hand it’s about shelter, but it’s also about pleasure

-- Zaha Hadid

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