Published 28 August 2018
5 teams have been shortlisted in a global design competition to redevelop 2 Henderson carparks into housing.
Image above: The Alderman (left) & Falls (right) carparks, across Edmonton Rd from each other in Henderson.
The 2 sites were nominated last year for Reinventing Cities, an international contest to inspire world-leading sustainable design. You can check most of the shortlisted entrants’ websites below.
Reinventing Cities is run by C40, a group of cities around the world working together on climate change, which Auckland Council went close to not joining when membership was proposed in 2015. The super-city’s first mayor, Len Brown, said he was invited to apply for membership at the world cities summit in Singapore in 2014 and believed membership could be beneficial for Auckland’s regeneration.
However, when membership finally went to a vote 7 months after going to a council committee for approval, it was only carried 9-7. Most of the minority said it was a nice idea, but not a priority.
Henderson the urban eco-centre
The Henderson sites were chosen as Auckland’s nominees, fitting the Reinventing Cities criteria for innovative low-carbon design as they’ve been part of a long-held development vision for Henderson as an urban eco-centre.
13 bids were received across both sites. After a screening & selection process, the 5 successful design teams have been selected to progress to the next round. They will be invited to respond to the request for proposal that gets underway in late September. The teams are:
- Te Tira Ngakaunui, led by Ockham Group (Mark Todd, Auckland) with Cheshire Architects (Auckland) & Jakob + MacFarlane Architects (Paris)
- Taupae Commons, led by Central Element (Australia) and Nicolas Laisné Architectes (Paris)
- Te Kopua, led by Province Developments (Collin Elder, Auckland) with Sills van Bohemen Architects (Auckland)
- Tiriwa Collective, led by international design collective Studio AH-HA (Lisbon)
- Falls Collaboration, led by Isthmus Group (Auckland & Wellington)
One of the “foreigners” on the shortlist is Brendan MacFarlane, who was born in New Zealand, graduated from the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles in 1984, received his master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Architecture in Boston in 1990, and partners Dominique Jakob at their Paris-based firm.
Compelling visions, says Hulse
The Alderman site borders the Oratia Stream and has a proposed cycle route along one edge. The larger Falls carpark is next to the historic Falls Hotel. Both sites have been identified for residential development as part of plans to revitalise Henderson. As prominent ‘gateway’ sites, they have the potential to make a strong visual statement about Henderson’s vision & identity.
Waitakere ward councillor Penny Hulse, who chairs Auckland Council’s environment & community committee, was deputy mayor when the super-city’s first mayor, Len Brown, proposed membership of C40 and was a leading advocate of environmentally sound development as a councillor in the old Waitakere City.
She said the interest in the C40 competition was an exciting step towards realising Henderson’s future: “It’s great to see such a strong response from the global design community. These are 5 compelling visions for Henderson, all with sustainability front & centre. As the competition moves into a more detailed phase, it will be exciting to see how these visions evolve.
“The urban eco-centre strategy puts families & the environment at the very heart of how Henderson is developed. Reinventing Cities is a great opportunity to capture world-leading expertise to create resilient, future-focused neighbourhoods that will be wonderful places to live.”
Under the Reinventing Cities rules, bidding teams had to respond to 10 challenges central to sustainable precincts – including solutions for energy, water, waste, movement, ecology & greener lifestyles. The RFP (request for proposals) stage will open on 30 September and close in February.
The project is in the hands of Auckland Council development agency Panuku Development Auckland, which has the task of delivering urban redevelopment at multiple locations and on scales from large long-term urban regeneration projects to small projects on specific sites.
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Attribution: Council release.