Monk Mackenzie was invited to bid for a Rail,Transport Interchange for Auckland Transport.
The design features an elegantly sweeping concrete concourse that delivers a bold, exciting aesthetic for the interchange that responds to the cultural context and functional requirements.
The project, named Te Haeranga draws on the iwi history of the local area, which is related to the movement of canoes from the Pacific Ocean to the Tasman Sea. The arc of the structure includes all the functionality of the original concept with ramps and concourse encased within it, in a sweep that crosses the site and creates a strong sense of connectivity.
Te Haeranga floats above the interchange supported on a series of columns that have been specifically located to respond to the requirements for passenger routes, bus movement and the escalators and lifts that accommodate the vertical circulation required of the interchange.
The public realm of the interchange has been organised with a focus on legibility and a strong sense of character to create a real and tangible place.
A shared surface approach to the Place has been proposed so that the emphasis is on the passenger and their experience of this as a civic space.
The project is seen as being a strong visual element that is bold and inventive yet rooted in the site context and the interchange functionality.
The interchange will provide a focal point of activity for the community and act as an exemplar central transport hub to the surrounding network and as a catalyst for local development.