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Waterview Connection
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Warren and Mahoney
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Warren and Mahoney, Boffa Miskell, Waterview Connection, Auckland, New Zealand, Well-Connected Alliance Team
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Landscape
Warren and Mahoney, Boffa Miskell, Waterview Connection, Auckland, New Zealand, Well-Connected Alliance Team
Importance of the building in the territory and in the city
Warren and Mahoney, Boffa Miskell, Waterview Connection, Auckland, New Zealand, Well-Connected Alliance Team
Relationship with the location
Warren and Mahoney, Boffa Miskell, Waterview Connection, Auckland, New Zealand, Well-Connected Alliance Team
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Warren and Mahoney, Boffa Miskell, Waterview Connection, Auckland, New Zealand, Well-Connected Alliance Team
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Warren and Mahoney, Boffa Miskell, Waterview Connection, Auckland, New Zealand, Well-Connected Alliance Team
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Warren and Mahoney, Boffa Miskell, Waterview Connection, Auckland, New Zealand, Well-Connected Alliance TeamAn ambitious urban infrastructure project in Auckland, New Zealand, known as The Waterview Connection, unconventionally put people, not cars at the forefront of its design.

Designed by New Zealand-based architects Warren and Mahoney, alongside Boffa Miskell and the Well Connected Alliance, the structures of the Waterview Connection are crafted to reflect the city’s distinct volcanic landscape and Māori culture.

Warren and Mahoney, Boffa Miskell, Waterview Connection, Auckland, New Zealand, Well-Connected Alliance TeamWaterview Connection is shortlisted for an award at World Architecture Festival in the Transport category, recognised in particular for its combination of beauty and functional design.

Consisting of twin tunnels and connecting infrastructure, the project represented a major change in travel patterns for Aucklanders. But Warren and Mahoney’s Tom Locke says Waterview Connection is “so much more than a road tunnel”.

“We had an opportunity to redefine what infrastructure can deliver with the application of thoughtful architecture.

“There was a big focus on getting stories from the public and preserving history. By listening to the local community and putting people first, we were able to positively contribute to the surrounding environment and bind the community together.”

As well as the motorway elements of the project, the team created green spaces, walking tracks, children’s playgrounds and a network of shared paths for cycling and walking in the surrounding area.

The Hendon pedestrian bridge, Te Whitinga, references Auckland’s volcanic cones and dramatically stitches back together a community that found itself on either side of the motorway.

Locke says aspects of the motorway corridor, including the retaining walls and structures, were designed to closely reflect the nearby landscape and Māori culture.

“Retaining walls and building facades reference the striated basalt columns from the lava flows which criss-cross the site while the ventilation stacks are inspired by the angular, faceted forms of Māori agricultural tools.

“The stacks are reimagined as symbolic Māori ‘pou’, to mark the tunnel entries as places of significance in the land. Artwork and sculptural gestures relate to the stories of the area’s Māori history.”

Waterview Connection opened to excited acclaim in July 2017, something Locke puts in part down to extensive community involvement.

“Over a six-year process involving more than 10,000 people, we were able to combine our understanding of built structure with the values and needs of the community.

“The building of trust and understanding between us led to a higher quality design which reflected the local environment.

“As a result, we were able to create one of the New Zealand’s most humane pieces of infrastructure”.

The Waterview Connection was delivered by Warren and Mahoney, in partnership with Boffa Miskell and the Well-Connected Alliance Team (comprising New Zealand Transport Agency, Fletcher Construction, McConnell Dowell Constructors, Parsons Brinkerhoff NZ, Beca Infrastructure, Tokin and Taylor and Obayashi Corporation).
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Warren and Mahoney, Boffa Miskell, Waterview Connection, Auckland, New Zealand, Well-Connected Alliance Team
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LOCATION
 
Continent
Oceania
Nation
New Zealand
Isle
North Island
Region
Auckland
Town
Auckland
Address
South Western Motorway
 
 
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TYPOLOGY
 
Main
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE AND NATURAL ENVIRONMENTS
Landscape architecture
Public parks
Land Art
Mitigation of infrastructures
Land planning

TOWN PLANNING AND URBAN DESIGN
Transport and road system infrastructures
Urban streets and bypasses
Bridges, viaducts, causeway
Tunnels
Additional
ARCHITECTURE
Urban equipment and structures for public areas
Street furniture
Pedestrian areas, promenades
Structures for public areas

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE AND NATURAL ENVIRONMENTS
Landscape architecture
Playground parks
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
2011    
Realisation
2012 - 2017
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AWARDS
 
2016
GEM Awards
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BIBILIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES
 
 
Camille Khouri, "Team approach: Waterview Connection", Architecture NZ 1/2018, january-february 2018,pp. 48-55
"Waterview Connection opens", Architecture NZ 4/2017, july-august 2017, cover, pp.12-13Waterview Connection, Auckland, Architecture NZ
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CLIENT
 
 
NZTA (New Zealand Transport Agency’s)
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AMOUNT
 
 
$1.4 billion
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LANDSCAPE DESIGN
 
 
Boffa Miskell
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STAFF
 
Project
Warren and Mahoney
Associate designers
Boffa Miskell
General contractor
The Well-Connected Alliance

New Zealand Transport Agency
Fletcher Construction
McConnell Dowell Constructors
Parsons Brinkerhoff NZ
Beca Infrastructure
Tokin and Taylor
Obayashi Corporation)
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CREDITS
 
 
Photos © Sam Hartnett, NewsPixNZ, Darren Cottingham
Drawings © Warren and Mahoney
Videos © Warren and Mahoney
Text edited by Warren and Mahoney
Courtesy of Warren and Mahoney | v2com newswire

Warren and Mahoney, Boffa Miskell, Waterview Connection, Auckland, New Zealand, Well-Connected Alliance Team



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