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THE DOWNTOWN DIALOGUE PART IV TRANSLATED BY C. YUAN


TABLE OF CONTENTS SITE LOCATION DEISGN REPORT SITE ANALYSIS THE DIALOGUE AT A GLANCE

THE DIALOGUE - ZOOMING IN SELECTED BUILDING

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BIRD’S EYE VIEW GROUND FLOOR PLAN SECTION CHARACTER LIST “WHAT THEY ALL WANT

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SITE AXONOMETRIC EXPERIENTIAL MAP (WITH PERSPECTIVES)

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HARBOUR AVENUES RETAIL BLOCK A RETAIL BLOCK B SKYBRIDGE

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SITE LOCATION - DOWNTOWN SHOPPING CENTRE

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Design Report The Downtown Dialogue : An Urban Living Room for All of Auckland

ReadWrite architecture has led to the discovery of the undesirable state of the present Downtown Shopping Centre, and the adjoining QEII Square. While the shopping mall itself is occupied with the banality of lower-end shopping and an equally banal and outdated piece of architecture, the square is dark, windy and underused. A site of prominence in Auckland CBD should not be buried in mundane retail, overwhelming corporate presences and lifelessness. This assertion led to the question of “what Auckland wants.” Logically tackling the physical deficiencies of the site, it becomes clear that desirable qualities such as permeability, sunlight, view, and comfort should inform the speculative proposal of this site. On another level, the current debate on the tension between public and private ownership of the space makes the site, and its future, political. Already overshadowed and overwhelmed by corporate presence (Zurich Building and HSBC Building), coupled with the unpopularity of QEII Square, the current usage of the site is dominantly corporate. However, this does not mean the status-quo is adequate. As the centre of Auckland’s transport hub, Central Business District, and fringing the trendy Britomart Precinct, this space does not fulfil its civic functions. Or at the very least, blend in with the “success” of Britomart Precinct.

The square itself, is broken up by gardens, trees, water features, comfortable seating, platforms that implicitly extend the ground floors of interior spaces, and pathways that explicitly lead exterior space into interior spaces. A giant series of steps lead down from Customs street, giving a sense of “arrival” to the space. The Retail spaces to the Southwest of the square, have slanting forms with big open gesturing volumes which welcomes pedestrians into the interior spaces, which are filled with pockets of “living spaces” – comfortable seating that extend the square. Zurich Building is also speculatively “gutted” on the bottom level, to allow a difference podium to the building. The ground floor is permeable to the outside through a cross axes, and pockets of “living spaces” are situated near the square. The square as the heart of complex unites the cultural centre and eatery blocks, the retail blocks, and the office block, by permeating pathways. The overall urban design presents interlocked interior and exterior spaces, of mixed-use functions, which attempts to unite what is desirable about the public space, with the utilitarian nature of commercial spaces.

However, not all things to do with capitalist intensions are bad. The city centre gains much of its identity from economic activity. And for this purpose many come to the city centre. This proposal seeks to tackle this tension by providing a complex which mixes the public with the private. Where shops, eateries, and offices, as destination spaces for some, are sliced with pathways, pockets, and a large square of public space. The main rigour of the project comes from a diagonal slicing and dicing of the site. This strategy allows permeability within large blocks of commercial and office spaces. This permeability is important as it lets in both pedestrians, views, and a sense of accessibility and intermingling between the different blocks of the complex. HSBC is sliced, to form the Harbour Avenues, where small blocks that consist of eateries and a cultural centre, are interlinked with open pathways across each level. The Avenues welcome visitors and pedestrians into the heart of a lively square, through an interactive cultural centre. Equally, the “occupants” of the complex are opened up to the harbour.

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SUNLIGHT

VIEW TOWARDS HARBOUR

NON-ORTHOGONAL ANGLES

PERMEABILITY

COMFORT

SITE DEFICIENCY FACTORS

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1. AXES OF PERMEABILITY

2. SLANTING OF AXES

3. AXES EXTENDED TO PLAN

4. AXES TO ADDRESS DEFICIENCY FACTORS

STRATEGY - SLICING

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1. VOLUMES OF PERMEABILITY

2. VOLUMES OF SUNSHINE

3. VOLUMES OF VIEW

4. VOLUMES OF LIVING (COMFORT)

4. VOLUMES OF SUPERIMPOSED

MASSING STRATEGY ACCORDING TO SLICING

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THE DIALOGUE - AT A GLANCE

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BIRD’S EYE VIEW

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QUEEN ST

“LIVING AREA”

OFFICES

“LIVING AREA”

“LIVING AREA” EATERY

RETAIL SHOP

PONDS

CUSTOM ST

“LIVING AREA”

QUAY ST

EATERY

“LIVING AREA”

RETAIL SHOP “LIVING AREA”

A

EATERY “LIVING AREA” CAFE

“LIVING AREA”

“LIVING AREA”

RETAIL SHOPS

“LIVING AREA”

CULTURAL CENTRE

A

“LIVING AREA”

“LIVING AREA” “LIVING AREA”

N

ALBERT ST

10 m

20 m

50 m

PLAN

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10m

20m

50m

SECTION A-A

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MISERABLE WESLEY WESTFIELD DOWNTOWN

PRETTY FRANCIE FERRY BUILDING

ZACH ZURICH BUILDING & THE CORPORATE BOYS

BRIT BUSTLING BRITOMART TRASPORT CENTRE

A DIALOGUE FOR DOWNTOWN AUCKLAND

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A LIVING ROOM FOR ALL AUCKLANDERS

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A RESTFUL SPACE

A COMFORTABLE SPACE A SPACE WITH A GOOD VIEW

A PERMEABLE SPACE

AN IRREGULAR SPACE

LESS SHADING

“WHAT DO THEY ALL WANT?”

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THE DIALOGUE - ZOOMING IN

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EXPLODED AXONOMETRIC SITE 14

B

A

LANDSCAPING

GROUND FLOOR ORGANISATION

OLD & NEW STRUCTURE

GROUND ACCESS OFFICE SPACES

RETAIL

HARBOUR AVENUES & CULTURAL CENTRE

ZURICH HOUSE ALTERED

HSBC SLICED

5m

20m


QUEEN ST

“LIVING AREA”

OFFICES

A

“LIVING AREA”

“LIVING AREA” EATERY

RETAIL SHOP

PONDS

A CUSTOM ST

“LIVING AREA”

QUAY ST

EATERY

“LIVING AREA”

B

RETAIL SHOP “LIVING AREA”

EATERY “LIVING AREA” CAFE

“LIVING AREA”

RETAIL SHOPS

“LIVING AREA”

“LIVING AREA”

CULTURAL CENTRE

A “LIVING AREA”

“LIVING AREA” “LIVING AREA”

N

Ch

ALBERT ST

EXPERIENTIAL MAP 15


PERSPECTIVE A CUSTOM ST ENTRANCE

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PERSPECTIVE C PERSPECTIVE B ACROSS FROM HARBOUR VIEW FROM AVENUES PWC

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PERSPECTIVE C VIEW FROM PWC

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SELECTED BUILDINGS

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QUEEN ST

“LIVING AREA”

OFFICES

“LIVING AREA”

“LIVING AREA” EATERY

RETAIL SHOP

PONDS

CUSTOM ST

“LIVING AREA”

QUAY ST

EATERY

“LIVING AREA”

RETAIL SHOP “LIVING AREA”

A

EATERY “LIVING AREA” CAFE

“LIVING AREA”

“LIVING AREA”

RETAIL SHOPS

“LIVING AREA”

CULTURAL CENTRE

A

“LIVING AREA”

“LIVING AREA” “LIVING AREA”

N

ALBERT ST

10 m

20 m

50 m

HARBOUR AVENUES - PLAN

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HARBOUR AVENUES EXPLODED AXONOMETRIC 21

GROUND FLOOR

INTERACTIVE VOLCANO MAP

MAIN CIRCULATION

COLUMNS

FLOORS 1 - 4 INTER-BUILDING CIRCULATION

ENVELOPE FORM HFACADE PATTERN


HARBOUR AVENUES SECTION

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QUEEN ST

“LIVING AREA”

OFFICES

“LIVING AREA”

“LIVING AREA” EATERY

RETAIL SHOP

PONDS

A CUSTOM ST

“LIVING AREA”

QUAY ST

EATERY

“LIVING AREA”

RETAIL SHOP “LIVING AREA”

EATERY “LIVING AREA” CAFE

“LIVING AREA”

RETAIL SHOPS

“LIVING AREA”

“LIVING AREA”

CULTURAL CENTRE

A “LIVING AREA”

“LIVING AREA” “LIVING AREA”

N

ALBERT ST

RETAIL BLOCK A PLAN

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RETAIL BLOCK A SECTION

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RETAIL BLOCK A EXPLODED AXONOMETRIC 25

ENVELOPE FORM FACADE PATTERN

FLOOR 3

FLOOR 1 & 2 CIRCULATION COLUMNS

ENVELOPE FORM FACADE PATTERN


LOBBY

ENTRANCE

TIMBER FACADE PATTERN

RETAIL BLOCK A

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QUEEN ST

“LIVING AREA”

OFFICES

“LIVING AREA”

“LIVING AREA” EATERY

RETAIL SHOP

PONDS

A CUSTOM ST

“LIVING AREA”

QUAY ST

EATERY

“LIVING AREA”

RETAIL SHOP “LIVING AREA”

EATERY “LIVING AREA” CAFE

“LIVING AREA”

RETAIL SHOPS

“LIVING AREA”

“LIVING AREA”

CULTURAL CENTRE

A “LIVING AREA”

“LIVING AREA” “LIVING AREA”

N

ALBERT ST

RETAIL BLOCK B PLAN

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RETAIL BLOCK B SECTION

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RETAIL BLOCK B EXPLODED AXONOMETRIC 29

GROUND FLOOR CIRCULATION COLUMNS

FLOORS 1 - 3

ENVELOPE


SKYBRIDGE BIRD’S EYE VIEW

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STRUCTURAL FRAME

FLOORS 1 & 2

GLASS ENVELOPE

SKYBRIDGE EXPLODED AXONOMETRIC 31


SMALL BRIDGE LINKING SKYBRIDGE TO HARBOUR AVENUES

INTERIOR VIEW

SKYBRIDGE

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