Three Auckland Council projects have made the finals in the World Architecture Festival (WAF) awards.
Te Oro music and arts centre in Glen Innes; Te Ara I Whiti – The Lightpath (above), central Auckland's bright pink cycleway; and Kopupaka Reserve in west Auckland are among nine New Zealand buildings and one landscape to make the WAF awards shortlist.
Te Oro is a multi-purpose arts and music centre for young people in Glen and Innes. It opened in 2015. Its design is inspired by Auckland’s Pacific cultures and a historically significant grove of karaka trees.
Kopupaka Reserve is a 22ha open space in west Auckland. Design features are inspired by woven crib baskets. The reserve, near the Westgate shopping centre, helps filter water stormwater, and combines architectural, ecological and cultural features.
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki won first prize in the WAF World Building of the Year category in 2013.