This project imagines a transformation from ‘Tank Farm’ to ‘Tank Park’ the newest addition to Wynyard Quarter’s design-led transformation. Tank Park creatively adapts and reveals the sites unique post-industrial character (near mythology) into an authentic, engaging and immersive landscape experience and landmark at the confluence of the ‘waterfront’ and ‘park’ axes and geographical heart of the Quarter.
Tank Park in Tāmaki Makaurau demonstrates the successful transformation of a former industrial site, Tank Farm, into a fun and engaging space for all ages. Tank Park sits at an important transition site, at the 'hinge’ between North Wharf/Silo Park and the future redevelopment planned for the area formerly utilised for America's Cup temporary team bases.
Retention of remnant storage tanks and the integration of these structures into the design, alongside the strong yellow pipeline as a stitching element, have been very successful in creating a unique area of play that responds to not only location but also to the evolution of this important urban landscape.
While this is somewhat of a transitional space, once entering there are discoveries and sensory experiences to be enjoyed by users, all which activate and capture imagination and inspire playfulness, while ensuring a nod to the site's history is maintained.
Henry Crothers, Ethan Reid, Bela Grimsdale, Greer Carmine, Zihao Wang
Screen + Website: Artist collaboration with Tessa Harris (Ngāi Tai Ki Tāmaki) & Reuben Kirkwood (Ngāi Tai Ki Tāmaki), BECA, Wynyard Edge Alliance, Design Production.