Wildbase Recovery is a dynamic, close-up insight into leading veterinary and conservation practices in a working environment. It aims to encourage public engagement within conservation messaging related to Aotearoa New Zealand’s native species, their habitats, and the human worlds that surround them. It is also a safe, nurturing place for animal patients while they are prepared for return to the wild.
The space has three narratives: Conservation, Animals Aotearoa and Veterinary Discovery. ‘Conservation’ explores the past, present and future of Aotearoa New Zealand’s flora and fauna, referencing the mighty kauri tree, which provides canopy shelter for the space. ‘Animals Aotearoa’ relates to specific animal patient/species stories from Aoteroa New Zealand flora and fauna to encourage the discovery of Wildbase Recovery’s native treasured taonga (treasured possessions). ‘Veterinary Discovery’ showcases animal and conservation stories, and is underpinned by the veterinary engagement with their animal patients.
Designed to engage, educate, excite and prompt action, Wildbase Recovery endeavours to empower the next generation to continue in the stewardship of their native taonga. Furniture modules within the space are reminiscent of a forest and are placed around a central ‘glade’. All modules present a hierarchy of information designed with a combination of text, commissioned illustration and dimensional cubbies.
School of Design, College of Creative Arts, Massey University, New Zealand