Nat Cheshire

A coming of age, part three: Nat Cheshire lays down the bricks to build a foundation for Auckland's future

Build tall and build attractively

A coming of age, part three: Nat Cheshire lays down the bricks to build a foundation for Auckland's future

Auckland is in the midst of a metamorphosis. The city is standing on the same precipice as many other cities around the world, where it’s considering how to balance social, economic, and environmental welfare alongside a growing population set to reach 2.4 million by 2050. It presents a huge challenge for local urbanists, who are tasked with building a livable city without resorting to untenable sprawl or futile slums. However, there is light streaming onto Auckland’s urban posterity. New forms of density are being erected, diverse transport modes are mobbing the streets, and a new culture is running through the currents of the Waitematā. But, are Auckland’s past pains too broken to remedy? Findlay Buchanan talks to the architects, the planners, and the urban progressives, who are helping to reshape Auckland city. In part three of a series, Nat Cheshire provides a template to build tall and attractively in downtown Auckland.

Urban design

You may know Nat Cheshire as the designer behind some of Auckland City’s most character-defining developments, such as City Works Depot and much of Britomart, or as one of our Most Creative winners. As 2018 draws to a close, Cheshire has debuted a new development with his name attached to it called Morningside. But instead of being a masterpiece he’s created for a client, this time around, it’s his and his friends’ own money on the line. Here, he talks taking his vision for Auckland into the suburbs, tapping into the culture of Kingsland and where he’s casting his eye to develop next.


This month will see 14 free events open to the community, hosted by top New Zealand designers, policymakers and thinkers. From experimental workspaces to virtual reality design, the event hosted by Spark Labs wants Aucklanders to rethink normal ideas about living spaces.