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How Auckland International Airport’s Departure Experience redesign draws from the past, while adapting to the future

New narratives

How Auckland International Airport’s Departure Experience redesign draws from the past, while adapting to the future

Auckland Airport’s International Departure Experience redesign hopes to build for the passenger journey, represent our cultural identity, and become a blueprint for modern airport design. The project was completed in November and has been fronted by architecture firms Jasmax and Gensler. It has doubled the size of the retail and dwell component tied together by the overarching design narrative: a journey from sea to the sky. Findlay Buchanan chats about the new design with Jasmax architect and principal Nick Moyes, Gensler senior associate architect John MacKenzie and the artist behind the mana whenua narratives, Johnson Witehira.

More than a Koru

Design reflects our heritage and identity. So what role does Māoridom play in New Zealand’s design identity? Who is able to do it? What principles need to be abided by? And how does a young country like New Zealand embrace the modern world while retaining its traditions? In part one of a series, we float down the country’s cultural currents with designer Johnson Witehira.