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New Zealand’s wine culture is a local commodity that has potential to integrate with the current tourism industry. The local culture of wine incorporates seasonal harvests, diverse growing environments, distinct sensual characteristics, global exportation and most importantly, mass consumption. The New Zealand characteristic of wine consists of a wide spectrum of quality wines, with individualised purities that translates with naturally alcoholic notes. It is a result of fertile environments and high standards of production. Seasonal events such as harvest festivals, tasting functions, auctions and simple dining caters to the relationship between production and consumption for the general public. The wine culture is a local expression of agriculture and industry that has legitimate potential to become an important factor in the economic growth of New Zealand. It is an exportation commodity which can be used to enable and activate a tourist destination. This project aims to create an urban wine precinct that is at one with the urban proximity. Its purpose is to reflect and promote these endearing moments of New Zealand’s wine culture as a device to reorient the attraction of international tourists, worldwide aficionados and the Auckland public. The Auckland City Council have made speculative proposals to rejuvenate the urban image of Auckland through official documents and manifestos (namely the Unitary Plan and City Centre Masterplan 2012). A particular area of concern within Auckland City is the Downtown Shopping Centre located on Customs Street. It is a weak urban space located in the “Engine Room” of the Central Business District as it is an undesirable patch of urban space that is notoriously vacant. It is the subject of tension between Precinct Properties, A property agency that holds ownership of the land and the Auckland Council regarding the future programme of the site. The proposal integrates various aspects of New Zealand’s rich wine culture in the form of an urban winery and a multi-storey wine museum. These buildings sit adjacent to a mixed use tower, equipped with retail provisions at street level and ascending loft hotel rooms, with enlarged public street spaces weaved into the site to improve the permeability and overall atmosphere between the Auckland Central Business District and the iconic Auckland waterfront.

Waitemata Harbour

The Cloud

Shed 10

Princes Wharf

Queens Wharf Ferry Terminus

Lower Albert Street

Ferry Terminus

Quay Street

PWC Tower

HSBC Tower

Lower Albert Street

Proposed Hotel

Proposed Wine Museum Tyler Street

AMP Tower

Queen Street

Customs Street (West)

Britomart Terminus Zurich Tower

Proposed Winery

Fanshawe Street

Galway Street West Plaza

Customs Street

DFS Galleria

Fort Lane

Site Plan 1:500

Wine Museum

Winery and Hotel

HSBC Tower

Zurich Tower

Quay Street

Tyler Street (Extension)

Customs Street (East)

Albert Street/ Custom Street Intersection

Queens Street Intersection view

Winery/ Hotel view, looking towards wine museum

WINERY A winery that migrates the atmosphere of the countryside wine chateau into the urban locale. The program utilises the many stages and stages the intricacies of wine distillery. The winery utilises a combination of rammed earth (with local stone tiling), semi-transparent glazing and timber slatted curtain walls to bring the terroir environment to the city and allow/ restrict visual contact between the wine production and the daily life of the city. These materials are cohesive throughout the building forms of the new wine precinct.

Conceptual Model Narrates the multiple phases from wine production to wine consumption

Wine Production Diagram Key: 1. Delivery 2. Distribution 3. Destemming 4. Sorting 5. Crushing 6. Maceration 7. Aging 8. Filtration 9. Bottling 10. Packaging 11. Exportation

Winery Ground Level

Winery Level 1

Winery Level 2 Barrel Room

Winery Level 3 Maceration Provisions, Laboratory and Aging Room

Winery Level 4 Filtration Mezzanine

Winery Level 6 Destemming and Sorting Belts

Winery Level 5 Crushing, Sorting Belts and Suspended Fermentation Tanks

Winery Level 7 Grape Collection from Grape Escalators

Wine Production Area- Maceration

Fermentation Tanks/ Main building void

Barrel Storage/ Wine Aging cellar

Tasting Room, Ground Level

WINE MUSEUM A 104m-high tower museum, containing exhibition spaces that curate the wine culture of New Zealand. As the tower ascends, it educates the production of the wine and leads towards the enjoyment and consumption of wine, that overlooks and allows contemplation over the Waitemata Harbour.

Wine Museum- Level 1 Soil Varieties of New Zealand- Exhibit

Wine Museum- Level 2 & 4 Mezzanine

Wine Museum- Level 3 Grape Varieties of New Zealand- Exhibit

Wine Museum- Level 5 Machinery Exhibit

Wine Museum- Level 6 Machinery Exhibit Mezzanine & Sky link to Winery

Wine Museum- Level 7 Machinery Exhibit Mezzanine & Sky Deck to Winery

Wine Museum- Level 8 Bottle and Colour Exhibits

Wine Museum- Level 9 Aromatic Gallery

Wine Museum- Level 10 Glassware Exhibit

Wine Museum- Level 9 History Exhibit

Wine Museum- Level 11 Neutral Space/ Ramps to Level 12

Wine Museum- Level 12 Elevated Tasting Space

Skybridge connection. Looking towards the Winery

Aromatic Gallery, with sniffing flasks

Bottle Exhibition. Showcases the many local varieties of wine

HOTEL A 202m-high tower, containing retail and office provisions on street level with hotel lofts, ascending and directly viewing towards the Waitemata Harbour. It’s height, enlarged viewing platforms and vertical vineyards creates an iconic attraction for incoming travellers. It creates a mystique that draws in visitors and allows them meander through the new wine precinct.

Princes Wharf Perspective