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kowhaiwahi tower




auckland, new zealand

kowhaiwahi tower
te wahine o te moana tower

by auckland waterfront

This project was a government-backed challenge to Auckland council to create an icon for the 21st century that announced its position as one of the world's most liveable cities.

The design sought to create a form that showcases Auckland and New Zealand as a city of the future.  The shape of the tower expands and contracts to accommodate the functions it contains; a broader top for viewing platforms, a heliport (above heights that would pose hazards to the Harbour Bridge and cruise ships), a business centre, a broader base for the public and events-based spaces and a lattice and concrete mid-section to provide a plug-and-play framework for current and potential future use.

Presented to the Auckland waterfront group (now Eke Panuku development Auckland) in 2014 with the backing of multi-national corporates, it prompted the council to revisit elements of the waterfront masterplan with a view to "thinking bigger".







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