Bus shelters aren’t ordinarily much to look at, but the new additions to K’ Road, unveiled earlier this week at a dawn ceremony, offer up a bit of an artistic twist. The original 1970s shelters have been replaced by an open-style structure designed by Opus Architecture that optimises views from the overbridge. The design includes new safety screens, a canopy along the length of the bridge, new seating areas and improved lighting.
Tongan artist Filipe Tohi was commissioned by the K 'Road Business Association to design decals (removable transfers) for the light poles on the overbridge. The removable nature of the decals means other artists will be able to showcase their work in the future.
The project came in at an overall cost of $2.1 million with Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development contributing $300,000 towards the cost. Auckland Transport said the replacement project was more cost-effective than upgrading the existing shelters because of ongoing maintenance costs. The previous shelters had outlived their shelf live by more than 15 years.
"K 'Road is one of Auckland's most famous roads and it's important that it looks its best, particularly with RWC 2011 less than three weeks away,” commented Auckland Transport chief executive David Warburton.