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Tamaki Drive boasts winning architecture

Two pieces of New Zealand architecture have been listed in this year’s International Architecture Awards, and that’s not the only thing they share – they both reside on the shores of Auckland’s Tamaki Drive.

The International Architecture Awards recognises the best new buildings and urban planning projects in the world, built and unbuilt. This year’s list includes the mixed-use development 387 Tamaki Drive by Ian Moore Architects and the Warren & Mahoney-designed Point Resolution Bridge.

The New York jury selected projects that “positively impact their surrounding community,” says Christian Narkiewicz-Laine, president of The Chicago Athenauem which established the awards and runs it alongside The European Centre.

“All projects exhibit innovation in design, acute sensitivity to the environment, sustainability, adaptability to their surroundings, and provision of enjoyment to their many users.”

Of the bridge design, Warren & Mahoney project architect Simon Dodd says “it’s a reflection of contemporary New Zealand practice and it’s encouraging to see it ranked amongst the best in the world.”

The concrete, glass and steel bridge was commissioned by Auckland Council, and connects pedestrians from the main road – which runs along the Eastern bays waterfront beside the city’s CBD – over the train lines to Judges’ Bay (home to Parnell Rose Gardens and the historic Parnell Baths).

Simon says the bridge was made to reflect the prow of a ship, a nod to its view of sails in the harbour. Its curves mirror the mountainous islands in the distance.

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