Hamilton, Aotearoa New Zealand
Landscape Architects : Wraight + Associates
Architect + Urban Design: Graeme McIndoe
Lighting Design: Claude Hidber
Electrical Engineering : SKM
Structural Engineering : MWH
Civil + Services Engineer : Hamilton City Council Engineers
Client : Hamilton City Council
Project Status: Completed
The Hood St project defines an identity for the dynamic southern precinct of Hamilton’s CBD, accommodating a vibrant range of retail, commercial and entertainment activities; which operate day and night. The street features extensive raingardens that collect and filter water from the footpaths and carriageway, and their native grass and reed planting has thrived in the conditions. The design references the broader regional ecology of peat bogs in an arrangement of raingardens that act similarly to a sponge.
Raingarden setout helps to define street function and movement, allowing additional space for seating and al fresco dining to complement the street use. The raingardens foster an awareness of, and create a functioning relationship to, the nearby Waikato River, which Hamilton has historically developed with its back to. They subtly recall the past wetland systems that once dominated Hamilton and the Waikato region, and in this way insert an historical-ecological layer into civic life.