SLA’s America’s Cup in Paperboy
Eight design firms look at how to revamp Auckland’s waterfront
A Stevens Lawson proposal for the America’s Cup surfaces in Paperboy Magazine.
Read more on Paperboy, or see our own description below.
We imagine Queens Wharf transformed into the America’s Cup Village and ‘party central’. Shed 11 will be reinstated and transformed into a great viewing hall and event centre. (After the Cup, this could become a cultural centre). Landscaped and embellished public spaces including a ‘feasting tower’ of restaurants and bars will become a focal point to the Village. Tidal steps will cascade down to the water’s edge and a Waharoa will welcome visitors ashore.
Captain Cook Wharf will be the base for all the competing syndicates, with a multi-coloured strip of boatsheds housing the national teams. Highly visible from Queens Wharf it will dramatise the daily theatre of boats being launched, arriving and leaving.
Quay Street’s iconic red fence will be partially opened up and the two wharfs connected by a waterside promenade along Quay Street. We envisage a festive public spectacle at the harbour’s edge; adjacent to the bars, restaurants and transportation hub of Britomart.