Wynyard Quarter, Auckland
Landscape Architect – Wraight + Associates
Lead Artist – Lisa Reihana
Artist – Tessa Harris
Project Management – MPM Projects
Engineering – Beca, Auckland
Contractor – Downer
Tīramarama Way is a pedestrian and cycle-only public laneway within ‘Wynyard Central’, an emerging cluster of high-quality commercial and residential developments in the Wynyard Quarter. The design, by Wraight + Associates (Wā) in collaboration with artist Lisa Reihana, reveals the whakapapa of the place by drawing from the historic tidal/water edge beneath, and the underlying geology of this once intertidal environment. The laneway offers unique, and highly dynamic, expressions of water and light, particularly through the ‘purposeful puddles’ that fill with water in sync with the rising tide, and the array of catenary lighting strung across the street that recalls Māori cosmology. An extensive surface treatment abstractly recalls the former shoreline, while the ‘bivalve planters’ and densely planted nikau grove provide opportunities for play and exploration that extend the intertidal concept underpinning the place.