Commercial Bay represents a wide range of ‘firsts’ for New Zealand. Never before has a single project brought together so many transformational elements - from public transport, international quality retail environments, and world class workplaces to far reaching urban design and sustainability outcomes.
Commercial Bay is simultaneously a destination for retail, food, entertainment & commerce; a transport node at the confluence of rail, bus and ferry infrastructure; an enabler of Auckland’s most transformative project in the form of the City Rail Link, a connector of the waterfront promenade, and a new symbol of Auckland’s emergent confidence.
Warren and Mahoney is proud to lead a design team which incorporates global expertise in the design of contemporary office and retail environments. Together with Woods Bagot (San Francisco), NH Architects (Melbourne) and the Precinct Properties team we have designed an environment which is globally aware yet expressive of Auckland’s unique identity.
The Commercial Bay development has been considered from the outset as a comprehensive site-wide precinct that delivers a new urban experience for Auckland’s residents and visitors. The central principle of the development is that the design should provide experiences that are authentic to Auckland and to our place in the world - a place of cultural richness, increasing desirability, confidence and relevance.
Commercial Bay enables an ambitious urban transformation that will create the centre of food, fashion and lifestyle culture in New Zealand. We have designed a vibrant, open, laneway based retail environment that acts as an extension of the city fabric – linking transport infrastructure, extending the CBD laneway network and framing a new civic space in Queen Street.
The redevelopment of the existing Downtown Shopping Centre provides the opportunity to seamlessly link the length of Auckland’s waterfront into a continuous high quality promenade extending from Wynyard Quarter in the West to Britomart in the East – a connected waterfront experience which will come to define the city.
The public retail levels of the project are conceived as an accessible landscape to be explored by the retail adventurer with unexpected releases into landscape, dramatic harbour views and city connections. High, multi-level entrances from all street edges lead to tightly framed retail laneways and high promontories over the harbour edge.
The project takes its primary design cues from the cliff edge landscape of Auckland’s harbours, the vibrant interconnecting laneway structure of the central city, and the powerful symbols and textures of New Zealand's famously beautiful landscape.
Commercial Bay will deliver an unparalleled workplace experience – providing open, flexible floorplates with dramatic views over the harbour and city. Glazed lifts ascend from a double height sky lobby – transforming the arrival at work from mundane to memorable. By combining retail, food, transport and the workplace, Commercial Bay provides a total workplace experience that increases collaboration, promotes communication and encourages business innovation.
The tower is designed as a new symbol on Aucklands skyline. Its distinctive curved form gestures towards the Waitemata, while the sleek glazed skin is unique and identifiable in the city.
The expressed diagrid structure allows the tower to lightly straddle the City Rail Link while establishing a subtle resonance with our Pacific origins.
Auckland is recognised as a place of uniquely high quality lifestyle and is positioned to be the Capital of the Pacific and a global city. The Commercial Bay development is a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity for Auckland to join all of these threads together in a single, coherent project that redefines the experience of the city.
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