Harvard picks Auckland Airport among world's best

Harvard picks Auckland Airport among world's best
Designs from Auckland Airport are currently on show at Harvard University Graduate School of Design in the US as part of an exhibition highlighting excellence in landscape architecture.

auckland airport harvard exhibitionDesigns from Auckland Airport are currently on show at Harvard University Graduate School of Design in the US as part of an exhibition highlighting excellence in landscape architecture.

‘Airport Landscape: Urban Ecologies in the Aerial Age’ celebrates the work of architects that highlight the relationship between cities and airports. The exhibition runs until December 19 at the Piper Auditorium in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The Auckland Airport designs exhibited are by New Zealand architect James Lord of Surfacedesign Inc for The District.

“We selected Auckland Airport because it exhibits a design where the airport on the landside seeks to foster a regional and national identity, in this case by using local agricultural patterns and planting features characteristic of the cultures of the indigenous and European settlers," says exhibition curator and Harvard associate professor of landscape architecture Dr Sonja Dümpelmann.

Since 2008, Auckland Airport has invested more than $260 million on commercial development. New facilities opened in 2013 include the Outdoor Gallery and Runway Mountain Bike Park. Further new projects underway include walkways, cycleways, a children’s playground, playing fields and a landscaped entranceway to the airport on George Bolt Memorial Drive.

The District currently has 303,000 sqm of developed business area, with tenants in industries from aviation to logistics to retail, including Icebreaker and Butterfly Creek.