Te Oro Youth Music and Arts Centre

Aim: 

To provide a multi-purpose space where young people and the local community can gather to perform, practice and learn the arts, express creativity and celebrate cultures.

What we did:

Built a complex two storey building comprising 1,422 square metres, with many purposes and features:

Walter Nash Centre

Aim:

The new facility combines the existing Walter Nash Centre, Taita Community Hall, Taita Community Library and Hutt Valley Netball Courts and is a hub for community programmes, services and activities for the region. Already, it is making a difference to people in the local community.

What we did:

Sumner Surf Lifesaving Club

Aim:

The Sumner Surf Lifesaving Club had to be demolished following the Canterbury earthquakes. The club’s prime beach front location had to be carefully considered, taking into account the harsh weather the building needs to withstand. The club and community also wanted "a great piece of architecture", not just another changing shed. The building aims to blend in with the environment, rather than dominate it.

Pridelands, Auckland Zoo

Aim:

The Pridelands project is part of the Zoo’s master plan for bringing the animals together into global zones and integrating different species into single enclosures. This was achieved by construction of a new Giraffe feeding platform, installation of natural rock bleachers, a Meerkat enclosure, watering hole and a new aviary containing meerkats, lovebirds and leopard tortoises. The project has an African theme, which ties in to the surrounding African exhibits.

Nelson Street Cycleway - Te Ara I Whiti (Light Path)

Aim:

The Nelson Street Cycleway was built to form part of the cycle network in Auckland, connecting the shared off-road pedestrian and cycling path on Upper Queen Street to the waterfront at Quay Street.
The cycleway is a mixture of shared pedestrian and cycling paths and two-way, on-road cycle lanes separated from the general traffic by raised buffer islands. The network of cycle ways is being delivered in partnership by the NZ Transport Agency, Auckland Council and Auckland Transport.

Les Mills, Newmarket

Aim:

The original 1970s cement sheet clad warehouse and office building needed to be transformed into a state of the art gymnasium. The aim was to install a fully glazed curtain wall façade, allowing moments of transparency and visual connection between the energetic play within the busy streetscape below.

Embassy Theatre, Wellington

Aim:

Listed Category 1 on the New Zealand Historic Places Trust register, the iconic Embassy Theatre was built in 1924.  Hawkins was asked to undertake this work to preserve the cultural gem as part of Wellington City Council’s 10 year plan to undertake earthquake work on its buildings that were identified as potentially being unsafe in an earthquake.

Auckland International Airport - Koru Lounge Refurbishment

Aim:

The Air New Zealand flagship lounge at Auckland International Airport was designed to cater for a growing number of high value customers. At more than 2,000 square metres the new Koru lounge was designed to seat more than 375 travellers, which is 40 per cent bigger than the airline's old Auckland lounge.

 

What we did:

ASB Waterfront Theatre

Aim:

A place to call home had been a long-held dream for ATC, says general manager Lester McGrath. “We wanted to create an open, inviting environment that would encourage people to utilise the street-level areas of the theatre outside of show times – something that would add to the invigorated Wynyard Quarter, which would in turn invigorate the theatre company and the way we make theatre,” he adds.

 

O’Connell Street Upgrade

O’Connell Street is part of a network of narrow streets and laneways located to the east of the Queen Street valley in Auckland’s city centre. Just 10m wide, the street is strongly characterised by the architectural quality of its buildings and stands out as a rare example of the original built form from the 1920s remaining largely intact today. As well as being a boutique retail destination within the city centre, O’Connell Street also retains a strong commercial character.

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