Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand
Landscape Architects: Wraight + Associates
Film Maker: Taika Waititi
Lighting Artist: Claude Hidber
Client : Wellington Sculpture Trust
Project Status: Competition Winner / On hold
This enjoyable collaboration has produced a scheme that endeavours to reflect upon the evolution and future of Wellington as a city.
- To create a memorable sculptural gateway experience for the city of Wellington
- Harnesses the city’s mythological, morphological and cultural narratives the proposal offers a sequence of distinct moments along the city’s prime urban conduits.
- These moments punctuate the long linear corridor of the motorway and railway, intersecting at key junctions, offering varying experiences dependent upon direction, proximity and awareness. The location of these interventions has been carefully considered, and executed.
- The moments are deliberately spatially dislocated to afford opportunities for different readings, but retain a common language of material and form that binds them together as a whole.
- The integrated, but spatially spread “receding water” elements, playfully drape the motorway’s utilitarian walls and structures culminating, or commencing (dependent upon the viewer’s approach) at the Hook of Maui, a monumentally scaled hook that seemingly pulls the motorway and all of Wellington into existence.
2010 – NZILA Gold Award – Visionary Landscape – Wellington Gateway