A rooftop terrace with potential
In the heart of the new Waipapa Christchurch Hospital building, nestled on top of the podium between the ward towers, is a rooftop terrace area set aside for use as an outdoor green space. It has been fitted out with plain grey tiles and at the Hagley Park end, glass panels that provide an uninterrupted vista into the treetops of the Botanic Gardens.
Spending time in nature is good for your health
Many of us are aware that living close to nature and spending time outside has significant and wide-ranging health benefits. What you might not know is that in a hospital environment research indicates that green spaces not only encourage relaxation and reduce stress levels but can also help with recovery and improve clinical outcomes.
Our vision is to transform the terrace into a beautiful green space: Te Marino on the Terrace
Peace, serenity, calmness, tranquility. Tony Milne from Rough and Milne Landscape Architects has generously donated his time and expertise to create a plan that transforms the terrace into Te Marino, a beautiful green space to enable our patients, their whānau, and our staff to enjoy the healing power of nature.
A combination of hard and soft landscaping brings colour, texture, and life to Te Marino which includes a raised mound for children to play on, and a range of seating and table options to support people spending time together. Planting provides privacy for the wards that border the terrace, and a view of nature for those receiving care or working in the areas that surround and look down on it. The plan also allows for patients in beds or wheelchairs to be brought out into the space to experience the garden and the view out into the Botanic Gardens.