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Olearia furfuracea, or Akepiro, is a native shrub found in coastal scrub and forest margins of the northern half of the North Island. It is known as the tree daisy and belongs to the Asteraceae family which it shares with the common English daisy (Bellis perennis).

The daisy is a composite flower that consists of large number of small flowers called florets. Ray florets form the outer part of the flower and they look like typical petals. Disk florets are located at the centre of the flower and are small and tubular, and often hexagonal. The proposed wall relief patterning is a geometrical play on this hexagon floret shape. The pattern is made up of smaller diamond shaped elements, and depending on the direction of the sun, time of day and viewing angle, different forms will become more dominant. For example, diagonal diamond rows will appear and disappear over the course of the day. Or similarly 3 dimensional cubes, star patterns or hexagons will become more apparent depending on the light. The result will be a highly responsive façade that subtly transforms over the course of the day and throughout the seasons, providing a continually active and changing building on the cityscape. Generally the façade is a painted rendered finish over concrete construction, with the patterning formed as a relief in the render. At street level, a colonnade of tile finished structural columns line the footpath. Glass entry doors and perforated garage screen doors fill out the spaces in-between. A large cantilevered canopy with soft landscaping signals the main entry to the building and scooter lift access. The overall elevations are regularly composed with aligned windows and balconies to provide a simple yet classic aesthetic.