Waterfront Auckland Design Competition

Location Auckland, New Zealand
Client Waterfront Auckland
Competition Anonymous Two Stage Design Competition
Winner Fearon Hay and Peddle Thorp

The Competition
CityLab as the Competition Advisor helped The Auckland Waterfront Development Agency (AWDA) seek Expressions of Interest (EOI) from a Design Talent Pool that it had recently formed.

The Competition process aimed to enable a short list to be established for a single stage architectural competition. This architectural competition was to deliver concept designs for a new hotel for the Wynyard Quarter. The Wynyard Quarter in downtown Auckland is New Zealand’s largest urban renewal project.

The Brief
This hotel development occupies a signature block on the Viaduct Harbour Edge, adding significantly to the quality of the entrance experience to Wynyard Quarter from Te Wero Island and the look and feel of the Jellicoe St spine.

It is important that this building fully meets the potential of the site. However, given the iconic nature of the adjacent Viaduct Events Centre building and the ASB headquarters, this building has a difficult task: it must fully inhabit the expectations of the site, without competing with the neighbouring buildings or dominating the adjacent harbour.