Beca's Design Practice has had its hard work recognised at the 2018 New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA) Auckland Awards - securing an award for Manukau Bus Station. The project was announced last night as the winner of the Public Architecture category, and Beca is delighted to have been the architect (in association with Cox Architecture), structural, civil and services engineer for this exciting project.
As one of Auckland Transport’s integrated transport hubs, the Manukau Bus Station is setting a precedent for a new and simpler way to travel. Connecting busses and trains at interchanges like these encourages more people to take public transport and provides a more efficient service into the CBD.
“We are delighted to be recognised for our work on the Manukau Bus Station,” said Steve Gray, architectural lead on the project. “The building is designed to provide a light and comfortable safe environment with light flooding in from above. The materials are warm and come together to produce a building reflective of the south Auckland community. It’s been designed to make the most of natural heating and cooling, so it will be a comfortable place to be in all year round. Our team is very proud of the result.”
The NZIA Jury citation states, "This project represents an excellent engagement with mana whenua and application of Te Aranga principles to generate a compelling design that is completely of this place. From the metaphor of a kite has been created a lovely, light floating structure. The simplicity of the plan distils the complex inputs from multiple stakeholders. The ventilation and treatment of finishes, and clever transition between the street and interior, have been thoughtfully resolved."
The NZIA Awards happen regionally every year. Winners go forward to the national awards which take place later in the year. So far, across the Auckland, Wellington, and Waikato/Bay of Plenty regions, Beca has been involved with the following award-winning projects:
- Manukau Bus Station
- King's School
- UoA Science Centre
- Alfred Nathan House
- Grid AKL Innovation 5A and Mason Bros
- Te Toki a Rata
- 22 Boulcott Street
- Te Auaha
- Genesis Building