2011 RWC: Queens Wharf Party Central

### RNZ News Updated at 7:36am on 24 August 2009
Queens Wharf competition launched

The Auckland City and Auckland Regional councils have jointly announced the next stage in the multi-million dollar re-development of Queens Wharf on Auckland’s waterfront.

A design and ideas competition has been launched, which will help shape how the new facilities may look for the 2011 Rugby World Cup and future use as a cruise terminal. Designs must adhere to a $76 million cap. So far the Auckland City Council has committed $54 million, leaving a $22 million shortfall.

A shortlist of designs will be announced at the end of September.
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Here’s the direct link to the www.queenswharf.org.nz site.


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4 responses to “2011 RWC: Queens Wharf Party Central

  1. What a great idea.

    If you are a veteran of this site, you will remember that I started this site as a critical response to what I saw as a poor architectural resolution. But of course it was to change (not dramatically).

    I was a huge advocate of the design competition process, and after watching a presentation by the folk in the Design Dept at the University on their submission for the Westpac Stadium in Wgtn, I was even more convinced that we had missed an important step in the process that should have been.

    Mind you, having seen the work produced by the architects for some of their North American clients, I was eternally grateful to see that what we ended up with, was at worst inoffensive.

    I look forward to seeing what may come out of this process, literally we have no way of knowing what will turn up in the wash.

  2. Elizabeth

    ### Radio New Zealand Wednesday, 09 September 2009 15:35
    Afternoons with Jim Mora
    Auckland story with David Steemson
    He visits Auckland’s Queens Wharf. It’ll be open to the public for the first time in years this coming Sunday. (duration: 12′10″)
    Ogg Vorbis

    • Elizabeth

      With the dropping of the requirement for ‘iconic’, ‘legacy’ development from the design brief, Auckland has been deprived of huge future revenue.

      ### NZ Herald4:00AM Tuesday Oct 27, 2009
      Kevin Clarke: Ramshackle contest in need of redesign
      Conventional wisdom has it that to win a major architectural competition, you have to throw a double six first time. Anything less won’t do. The competitors are simply too good. Not so for the Queens Wharf competition, however. By far the most assured path to winning the Queens Wharf competition was to not enter it in the first place. Sounds strange but it’s true.
      Read more

      – Kevin Clarke is an architect who entered Stage 1 of the competition. Written on behalf of the NZ Institute of Architects North Shore practice group.

      Latest Queen’s Wharf design finalists (8 pics)


      At Dunedin harbourside, the programme for mixed-use harbour edge and housing development is still up in the air. Not sure it’s entirely due to decisions about oil prospecting off the southern coast. However, what we won’t get in the future is something with the design daring and thinking behind this ‘green’ urban complex, sadly. In the right scale dose, in the right locations, this approach to urban dwelling would stand a good chance of enhancing a redeveloping port area – given a properly conceived space margin, new “Architecture” could nicely terrace up in behind original character and heritage industrial buildings. Somewhere to work, think and play – and live well. Dunedin could do with some architectural design juxtaposition of the healthy sort.
      By the by, Holl’s work also reminds me that our university halls of residence – of the non heritage sort* – are sadly lacking any architectural flair.

      *Unicol IS heritage.

      ### Bustler Posted: Monday, October 26, 2009
      “Linked Hybrid” by Steven Holl Architects now also Named 2009 “Best Tall Building Overall”
      In early July, Bustler reported that Steven Holl Architects’ “Linked Hybrid” towers in Beijing, China had been named 2009 “Best Tall Building” in the regional category ‘Asia & Australia’ by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). Award recipients had to possess seamless integration of architectural form, structure, and building systems, as well as exhibit sustainable design qualities working to preserve the quality of urban life.
      Now the council summoned again in Chicago at its annual CTBUH conference and awarded “Linked Hybrid” also with the highest praise of the title 2009 “Best Tall Building Overall.”
      Read more + photos

      – Bustler, the sister site to the leading architecture platform, Archinect, focuses on keeping the design community busy and inspired. Bustler has become the go-to online publication for competition and event listings in the architecture and design industries.

      Realise Linked Hybrid won’t be to everyone’s taste, check out more views at Flickr:

      U12 Boys game vs Vaughan ( Saturday Nov 20th)
  3. Elizabeth

    Too awful, today’s news on status of Queens Wharf ‘party central’ design competition, woke up to it on RNZ National… then Banksie had his meeting…

    Only one link going in here, too much!

    ### TVNZ News Updated 19:56 Published: Thu 5 Nov 2009 1:27PM
    Queens Wharf design contest scrapped
    Source: ONE News/Newstalk ZB
    The design competition for the redevelopment of Auckland’s Queens Wharf, which will cost ratepayers $56 million, has been scrapped.

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