Moemoeā; to have a dream, to have a vision.
TOA, Tamaki Makaurau Office Architecture, is about Strength, Bravery and Cutting New Ground.
TOA approach architecture differently. We value the Tangata – People; Whenua – our Land and its history; Aroha – Heart; and Wairua – Spirit. These are the concepts that inspire our architecture. And TOA takes seriously its role as Kaitiaki - Guardians of our clients' and communities' projects, as well as the wider environment.
We believe in the significant influence the built environment has on our minds and our lives. Successful buildings go beyond providing shelter to contribute a delight that enriches our lives and enhances the landscapes buildings arise from.
"I te pō o tētahi rangi noa ake ka moemoeā a Kauhika, he whaea nō Te Rangi-kai-kore tēnei, he wahine moemoe hoki taua kuia / During the night of quite a different day, Kauhika, who was an aunt of Te Rangi-kai-kore, and a dreamer of dreams, had a vision."
- Journal of Polynesian Society, 1919:92
Tā tātou auaha - What we create
We owe it to the fields that our houses will not be the inferiors of the virgin land they have replaced. We owe it to the worms and the trees that the building we cover them with will stand as promises of the highest and most intelligent kinds of happiness.
ALAIN DE BOTTON, THE ARCHITECTURE OF HAPPINESS
Do you mean to tell me that you're thinking seriously of building that way, when and if you are an architect?
AYN RAND, THE FOUNTAINHEAD
Architecture appears for the first time when the sunlight hits a wall. The sunlight did not know what it was before it hit a wall.
Tā tātou mahi - What we do
TOA are a New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA) Practice. We abide by standards above and beyond the statutory minimum.
TOA Mixed Use
TOA Fit Outs
TOA Early Childhood Education
TOA Bulk and Location Studies
Scope of Services
For every architectural project, a series of clear stages is followed. While creative design is one of the most tangible aspects of our work, TOA can be involved in the building project through every step to ensure the best result.
TOA's stages include concept to administering construction on site and applies a collection of analysis, creativity and problem solving to every project.
TOA Architects – we live and love architecture and the built environment. We are committed to make Aotearoa a better place by creating innovative and striking solutions to every architectural challenge. Nothing we do is repeated, each solution is unique. Don’t be shy, come say hi!