Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


Wool Celebrates Its Place In The Built Environment

Wool Celebrates Its Place In The Built Environment At One of the Biggest Architectural Events

The Venice Architecture Biennale 2016!

For the first time ever wool is being celebrated at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016, with an installation in the New Zealand Room and a hosting event set down for September.

The Architecture Biennale kicks off on Thurs 26th with the Vernissage (an exclusive launch) and runs for six months. This Biennale, sister to the Art Biennale, attracts over 3000 media and more than a quarter of a million global visitors.

“This is a highly attentive and influential audience, and it’s great to see New Zealand companies with a strong design focus appreciate the opportunities the Biennale offers,” says Teen Hale Pennington, CE, New Zealand Institute of Architecture (NZIA).

“When approached by the NZIA to team--up with them as the wool partner for the Biennale, it was a clear ‘yes’ from the global Campaign for Wool team,” says Mr Craig Smith, Chair, Campaign for Wool New Zealand Trust.

The Biennale attracts a global audience of architects, engineers, academics, research institutes and interior designers -- a key target market for wool, particularly strong wool -- specifiers and innovators who are looking for not only aesthetically pleasing but natural, sustainable, safe, strong and healthy solutions for the built environment.

“If we can get architects, interior and product designers, particularly those in wool’s growth markets, to specify wool then we can really make a difference for wool growers and those commercialising wool innovations for the built environment, say Mr Smith. Although the focus is on strong wool, fine wool has its place too.

Wool elements installed for the duration of the Biennale include felted yarn wool ‘rugs’, which has been transformed into upholstery forms and 30 metres of wool felt that has been draped, elegantly and simply, to complement the high stud and industrial walls.

The objective of Te Koha (the New Zealand Room) was to create a quiet, reflective and comfortable retreat and wool complements this nicely with qualities such as sound absorption, humidity regulation and VOC absorption. It’s also soft, luxurious and enduringly beautiful.

Wool’s crimp--like structure creates air pockets allowing it to ‘breathe’ keeping environments warm in winter and cool in summer. Wool is also a great sound absorber and it cleans the air by cleverly binding and neturalising volatile organic compounds (VOCs), such as formaldehyde. Wool’s high nitrogen content makes it naturally fire resistant.

Over 65 countries are invited to exhibit at the Biennale. It runs over six months and attracts students of architecture, those from the well--established architectural industry and consumers interested in the built environment.

“Wool is the new ‘black’ when it comes to interiors and architecture, says Mr Smith. The Architecture Biennale is a fantastic opportunity for wool to celebrate its place in the home and commercial space and we’re excited to be there.”

Forty four copies of Wool in Architecture and Interior Design (attached) will be distributed to guests. A hosting week for wool will take place in the New Zealand Room during the second week of September.


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Snail's Pace: Aucklanders Face Frustrating Commute Over Harbour Bridge

Journeys into Auckland's CBD took longer than usual as traffic banked up around the damaged Harbour Bridge. More>>


Statistics New Zealand: COVID-19 Sees Record 12.2 Percent Fall In New Zealand’s Economy

Gross domestic product (GDP) fell by 12.2 percent in the June 2020 quarter, the largest quarterly fall recorded since the current series began in 1987, as the COVID-19 restrictions in place through the quarter impacted economic activity, Stats NZ said ... More>>


Climate: Scientists Release ‘Blueprint’ To Save Critical Ecosystems And Stabilize The Earth’s Climate

A group of scientists and experts produced the first comprehensive global-scale analysis of terrestrial areas essential for biodiversity and climate resilience, totaling 50.4% of the Earth's land. The report was published in Science Advances ... More>>


MPI: Independent Review Launched Into Assurances For Safe Transport Of Livestock By Sea

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has launched an independent review of the assurances it receives for the safe transport of livestock by sea. MPI Director-General Ray Smith says Mike Heron QC has been appointed to lead the review, which is expected ... More>>


Computers: New Zealand PC Market Grows Nearly 40% Due To Work From Home Demand

COVID-19 had large impacts on demand for PCs as businesses prepared for lockdowns by purchasing notebooks to mobilise their workforce. In the second quarter of 2020, New Zealand's Traditional PC market experienced a 39.7% year-on-year (YoY) growth ... More>>


Ministry of Health: Public Transport Distancing Requirements Relaxed

Physical distancing requirements on public transport have been reviewed by the Ministry of Health to determine whether they are still required at Alert Level 2 (or below). The Ministry’s assessment is that mandatory face covering and individuals tracking ... More>>


NZHIA: New Zealand Hemp Industry Set To Generate $2 Billion Per Annum And Create 20,000 Jobs

A new report says a fully enabled hemp industry could generate $2 billion in income for New Zealand by 2030, while also creating thousands of new jobs. Written by industry strategist Dr Nick Marsh, the report has prompted calls from the New Zealand Hemp ... More>>


Stats NZ: One In 14 Employed People Report High Risk Of Losing Jobs

About one in 14 workers say they expect to lose their job or business by mid-2021, Stats NZ said today. A survey of employed people in the June 2020 quarter showed 7 percent felt there was a high or almost certain chance of losing their job or business ... More>>

ASB Quarterly Economic Forecast: NZ Economy Doing Better Than Expected, But Challenges Remain

August lockdown estimated to have shaved 8% off NZ’s weekly GDP, and 0.5% off annual GDP Economy now expected to shrink 5% (year-on-year) by end of 2020 Unemployment rate now expected to peak at 7.2% The latest ASB Quarterly Economic Forecast is less ... More>>


SAFE: Live Export Ship Carrying 5,800 New Zealand Cows Goes Missing In East China Sea

Livestock carrier Gulf Livestock 1 sent a distress signal at 4:45am NZT yesterday in the East China Sea. The area is affected by Typhoon Maysak. At 4pm a patrol plane spotted a lifeboat - with no people in it - and a man in lifejacket nearby. The ship ... More>>


FMA: Kiwisaver Fees Don't Match Performance

The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) today published an independent report into the passive and active investment management styles [i] used by KiwiSaver providers. The FMA commissioned MyFiduciary to test the extent that KiwiSaver providers were ... More>>