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New design of Auckland City Mission aims to strengthen the city’s social fabric

Architecture with purpose

New design of Auckland City Mission aims to strengthen the city’s social fabric

How do you design for social change? This is the quest Steven Lawson architects is undertaking with the redesign of the Auckland City Mission’s Hobson St hub, slated to be finished by 2020. The charity’s premises in its current state is deemed ‘sub-standard’ and ‘not fit for purpose’, so its new design dubbed Mission HomeGround will transform it to better help those in need.

The sky's the limit

Australian architectural firm Woods Bagot and Auckland-based Peddlethorp have beaten out their rivals to be crowned the winner of a competition to design a landmark tower at 65 Federal Street in Auckland’s CBD. The high-profile contest saw New Zealand-based Warren and Mahoney go head-to-head with global firms Zahid Hadid, Elenberg, Fraser and Cox Architecture and Woods Bagot in a design-off for the tower, which is slated to be completed in 2022.

Setting sail

With the champagne no longer flowing and the celebrations winding down, the time has come to seriously consider Auckland’s prospects as the host city of the next America’s Cup. What needs to be done to its design to ensure the CBD is an exciting, innovative space for visitors to flock to from the world over? We reached out to several architecture and design firms to see if they had any ideas up their sleeve.