Life in the fast lane: Beca Design Practice and RM Landscape's award-winning lane designs

For the 2018 Groundswell Innovation Festival held in Tauranga this year, the New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA) and the festival organisers joined forces to host a Laneway Design Competition for local architects to temporarily transform a space. Here were the two winning designs.

The organisers of the competition were seeking designs that would transform a prominent Tauranga laneway into a creative, lively, safe and engaging public area while embodying the community spirit of Tauranga. Designs that had an element of sustainability were also favoured.

Suggestions for the designers included:

  • Build your own public realm using movable objects 
  • Live mural paintings (street art), either permanent (with building owner’s permission) or temporary (on screens, etc).
  • Pop-up cafe with seating and spaces for conversation and observation
  • Art installations/exhibitions
  • Lighting installations
  • Digital media installations.

The winning designers are now collaborating and working with contractors to deliver the initial base-build elements and will be showcased during the NZIA Festival of Architecture, which runs from the 14 until the 23 September.

Here are Beca Design Practice and RM Landscapes' winning designs below.

Beca – Te Atea

RM Landscapes – Aroha ki Tauranga Moana 

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