Paul King | Freelance Architect

Auckland Waterfront Competition

Just found some work we did in a joint submission with some landscapers for the Queen’s Wharf architectural competition back in 2009, intended to provide event space for the upcoming Rugby World Cup. Our scheme disappeared without a trace of course (the first clue that something was going badly wrong!) and as it turned out the entire competition was a shambles – millions were spent by hundreds of Architects and other designers researching & preparing submissions, and not even the winning scheme went ahead.

Our concept involved some undulating green walled (as in covered with live vegetation) pavilions forming a variety of public spaces at different scales. A “fishing net” installation at the end reaches out into the sea, perhaps to rescue hapless revelers overcome with world cup spirits…