Reinvigorating a bare Christchurch Central City site and adjacent parts of Cathedral Square
Boffa Miskell has designed the concept for the NZ IceFest Hub, which reinvigorates a bare Central City site and adjacent parts of Cathedral Square. The NZ IceFest Hub represents the physical and emotional heart of IceFest and will be a launch pad from which people link to numerous satellite activities hosted across the city.
The design of the NZ IceFest Hub attempts to emulate parts of the Antarctic environment and the human experience of being ‘down on the ice’. While we cannot all travel to Antarctica, the NZ IceFest Hub allows the community to get a multi-sensory experience of what it might be like to be there in person. This is presented in a fun and interactive way, with the aid of exhibits and familiar features, to pick up on the essential qualities of the place. This approach aims to give people of all ages a greater appreciation for the Antarctic context, so they can better relate to this unique place when issues about Antarctica’s future are discussed.
The design, assembly, commissioning and fabrication of the various site features has responded to a number of qualities the Boffa Miskell and the Christchurch City Council’s Events Production Team have identified, which complements the NZ IceFest philosophy and those values of its key sponsors. These include:
|Client||Christchurch City Council|
|Project team||Tim Church|