Project: Tank Park
Award: Urban Landscape, Bronze, 2022
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Client: Eke Panuku
Tank Park creatively transforms an inaccessible industrial setting that was once home to 30 stainless steel builk liquid tanks used to store cooking oils and petro chemicals into a unique space for people of all ages to explore and enjoy.
The dense array of tanks has been reduced with the carefully selected remaining tanks rearranged into several clusters and re-purposed with aperture viewing windows and LED light installations. The Playline is an interactive play park crafted from recycled pipes, taps, valves and new componentry using salvaged industrial components from the site to create an immersive and intimate experience in this waterfront, post -industrial landscape.
The play park includes a light activated swing set as well as sound and water features. A considered palette of soft scaping and trees provide shade relief and counterpoint to the surrounding industrialised elements and wild ecology. A single connecting surface of concrete and stone references the landscape and tanks.
Te Nukuao (The Shelter), was designed in collaboration with LandLAB and mana henua Maori artist Tessa Harris (Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki) to provide shade and shelter.
Photo credit: Sam Hartnett, Ethan Reid
LEAD DESIGNERS: Henry Crothers, Ethan Reid, Bela Grimsdale, Greer Carmine, Zihao Wang
CIVIL ENGINEERING: BECA
LIGHTING: Switch Lighting