Toitu Otago Settlers Museum.



Client: Dunedin City Council

Architect: Baker Garden Architects Ltd

Project address: 31 Queens Gardens, Dunedin

Completion Date: December 2012

Daylight has been used extensively throughout the redeveloped Toitu Otago Settlers Museum to create fresh, modern feel while honouring the qualities of existing heritage buildings.

The redevelopment of Toitu Otago Settlers Museum involved the modernisation of existing buildings into world class museum standard galleries and a new entrance foyer.  eCubed were engaged as ESD consultants on this project with specific emphasis on Daylight and Thermal modelling.

Image: Graham Warman

Image: Graham Warman

Daylight modelling was undertaken on the former NZ Railways depot building which is an excellent example of industrial Art-deco with large saw-tooth monitors covering the roof.  Converting this space into an exhibition hall required careful consideration of daylight penetration and control for conservation of exhibits.

Daylight modelling was also undertaken on the former City Gallery building, investigating the reintroduction of daylight using the existing daylit ceiling.  Options were investigated to provide a daylit feel to the space without any direct light reaching artefacts.

Thermal modelling and Solar access studies were conducted on the new Entrance Foyer which is a heavily glazed open lobby with a large overhanging roof.