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Te Ara I Whiti Light Path


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  • PurpIe Pin Award for Spatial Design — 2016
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Designed in collaboration with Monk MacKenzie Architects Te Ara I Whiti - Lightpath transforms a redundant piece of motorway infrastructure into a playful and sculptural piece of cycling infrastructure threaded through Auckland’s inner city motorway junction. The design intent of the project was to create a hybrid space that supports its intended function as a cycle path but also enables exploration, discovery and occupation. The path enables a journey and episodic experience that engages with both the infrastructural landscape of the motorway and contextual views of the wider landscape. Three hundred individual LED light poles controlled by sensors are arranged as a spine down the city side of the path creating a living and breathing interactive urban light sculpture that responds to varying patterns and intensities of user movement.

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Location: Auckland City Council
Client: Auckland Council, Auckland Transport and NZTA
Team: LandLab, Monk MacKenzie, Iion (Lighting Design) Katz Maihi (project artist) and GHD (Engineering)

Awards NZIA Local Awards Urban Design Award 2016, NZPI Innovation Award 2016, NZPI, Supreme Award 2016, Best Awards 2016 - Colour Award, Public Space Award, Public Good Award, Best Awards 2016 - Purple Pin. Te Ara I Whiti - Light Path has also been shortlisted for a 2016 World Architecture Award, and a World Architecture News (WAN) Award.


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