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  • NZILA Award of Excellence Civic and Urban Design — 2024
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The Myers Park Underpass project illustrates how what could hav e been a very utilitarian outcome has enhanced what was once a dangerous and largely forgotten corner of Myers Park into a des tination in it’s own right. Recognition of the layers of environmental and cu ltural history are woven through the project, with Graham Tipene’s Waimahara installation bringing Te Waihorotiu back to “life”. Myers Park now has a northern exit, worthy of being part of the urban open space. Although not in strict keeping of the Edwardian park, the Underpass project calls upon the environmental and mā ori understanding of the environment in the design outcomes. Significantly, safety is vastly improved, with lighting and sightlines greatly enhanced. The access through the space is now inviting, with Waimahara likely to become the reason for coming to this part of the park. In time, this route will serve as one of the gateway s for the Auckland entertainment quarter.,

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The team at Boffa Miskell were presented a highly challenging site, and the judges commend the hard work and dedication which is evident in the final product at Myers Park. Graham Tipene’s Waimahara installation and the use of a soundscape environment, allows for a dynamic and dramatic experience. This is offset by the clever and considered use of materials, sizes, level changes and edge details through a typically difficult underpass space. The history of the stream (Te Waihorotiu) and the stories of Horotiu are embedded in and reflected throughout the design. Additionally, the use of timber detailing and the rich planting story, echoes the streamside environment of the past and displays a dedicated sustainability story.

Boffa Miskell Limited and Auckland Council

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