A team of three landscape architects from Boffa Miskell's Auckland office re-envisioned transport infrastructure as a public amenity and won the Auckland Architecture Association's first annual Public Good Urban Design Competition.
Entrants were asked to reimagine the Dominion Road flyover, reclaimed from Auckland’s traffic as an urban proposition accommodating pedestrians and cyclists, and improving the built environment.
Dave Parker, Tom Hemi and Naomi Rosser worked together on the project, with critique from Hanna O’Donoghue and Technical Leader for Design, Michael Hawes.
“We created the ‘Lava Fields’ which speaks to the extent of lava flow that once ran through the site from the eruption of Maungawhau / Mt Eden,” says Dave Parker.
“The fields terrace up and connect to the flyover to create a central place that connects the surrounding communities through walking and cycling opportunities. The Lava Fields transform the precinct through the reintegration of public life and becomes a place for all types of people and uses. Future residential development around the site is supported by the rolling meadows and native forests, as well as social amenities such as playgrounds, skating, urban farming and, of course, a brewery.”
The Public Good Urban Design competition was part of the 2019 Festival of Architecture. Organisers said, “the competition encourages radical thinking and consideration of all possibilities to make this city a better place for everyone.”
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1 October 2019