About this Project
2013 is the third year we have hosted a team of four 4th year Unitec Architecture students in our office to undertake a complex project in a real world setting. This year the selected site was the entire Downtown block on Auckland’s waterfront, and the ‘real’ Client was the property owner Precinct Properties.
The team’s brief was to develop an overall master plan for the site redevelopment, driven by the need to integrate future development with the proposed underground City Rail Loop (the CRL) which will pass under the site. The brief was also to reasonably maximise the overall site development, while retaining the existing Number One Queen Street and Zurich House towers.
Urban Design considerations incorporated into the site master plan included the re-introduction of Little Queen Street to link the historic Ferry and Custom House buildings, and a more intimate scale QE2 Square extending across Queen Street to the CPO Building, continuing the Te Ara Tahuhu Walkway through to the west. At street level several laneways connect through to the reintroduced Little Queen Street.
Most bus services are proposed to be relocated over to lower Albert Street to allow QE2 Square to connect with the CPO Building, and to provide a strong pedestrian connection across to Britomart. The proposed Square also provides for vertical circulation down to the CRL below the Downtown site, with retail surrounding the rail concourse below ground.
A 5-6 level mixed-use podium is proposed for much of the site, the height referencing the three adjacent important historic buildings, while a 43 level 65,000 m2 tower is proposed to the south west corner of the site, with the structural and lift design addressing the complexity of building over top of the curved CRL tunnel.
Project team - Megan Donaldson, Nicola Liew, Jonathan Jordan, Tony Calder.
Mentors - Andrew Kissell & Richard Goldie.