Karanga Plaza, Wynyard Quarter
Panuku (formerly Waterfront Auckland)
Karanga Plaza provides the key arrival and departure space between the city and Wynyard Quarter. The plaza forms a part of the ‘Gateway’ (eastern) that also includes Halsey Wharf, Halsey Street and Madden Plaza.
Karanga Plaza is a significant and important open space for Auckland’s waterfront. The plaza is the arrival and departure point for movements between the CBD and Wynyard Quarter and an important event and recreational destination.
The design concepts for this project seek to establish a high degree of connectivity along the ‘waterfront axis’ (the east-west axis that connects the CBD waterfront) visual connections between land and sea.
The two key design concepts of ‘hardstands‘ (flexible multi-functional event spaces) and ‘slip’ (articulations of the waters edge) establish a design strategy that integrates the site’s marine archaeology, historical uses, and patterns of activity.
These ideas provide for the creation of new open spaces that meet the complex social and event requirements of the waterfront as well as opportunities for interaction and engagement that will support access and occupation of the water’s edge.
The key elements of the project include a tidal stair connecting the plaza to the water, a grove of Pohutukawa, raingardens, a flexible/moveable container kiosk structure and moveable seating elements that allow the spaces to be appropriated for a wide range of activities from casual gathering through to large scale events.
NZIA New Zealand Architecture Award – Planning and Urban Design 2013
NZILA ‘Pride of Place’ Landscape Architecture, Distinction Award – Urban Design 2013
NZIA Auckland Architecture Award – Planning and Urban Design 2012