Demonstrating landscape and ecology values in stormwater wetlands
Presented to Council as a pioneering project for exploring landscape and ecology values in stormwater management, Croftfield Lane became a significant project in changing how the design and implementation of stormwater wetlands can be enhanced to provide multiple benefits for the community.
The project brief was to deliver a highly functioning and easily operable stormwater wetland. As a demonstration project, the design stripped back the landscape to its pure functions to derive a simple and expressive site geometry. Layer after layer of landscape materials were added – landform, planting, and structures, to enhance stormwater function while additionally providing an expressive landscape that could be engaged with by the public.
The project was delivered in late 2016 and received an Award of Excellence in the infrastructure category at the 2016 NZILA landscape architecture awards.
The judges acknowledged the complexity of the project, recognising that “A stormwater retention basin on an awkwardly-shaped piece of land has been transformed into a sophisticated haven of fluid transitional space, by expertly weaving complex and multiple technical challenges of water retention and cleansing. Croftfield Lane now provides an intriguing route in and out of the Wairau Valley Commercial Precinct.
The base planning is clever, inviting and engaging to the user providing numerous options to move and interact within this small space, from the expedient to the imaginative. The palette used is restrained to what feels more like a selection of textures and forms than materiality. The client and design team are commended for their vision.”
Landscape Architecture, Stormwater, Ecology
|Client||Auckland Council Healthy Waters|
|Project team||Mark Lewis|
|Project date||2005 - 2017|
|Awards||Award of Excellence | Infrastructure Category, NZILA Resene Pride of Place Landscape Architecture Awards 2017|