It is pretty amazing thinking about what has been built in Auckland over just the past six years that I’ve been here. A variety of exciting new buildings have revitalised forgotten and overlooked parts of the city.
Auckland Art Gallery expansion (2011)
A deservedly award winning expansion to create a world class art gallery, certainly the best in New Zealand. One of my favourite places in Auckland.
The Cloud (2011)
A controversial and under utilised space on Queen’s Wharf, competing with the ANZ Viaduct Event Centre and Shed 10 for waterfront event space (both also new / renovated in past few years). Despite the nickname as The Slug I personal quite like it though do wonder if there is a better use of such a central public space.
Q Theatre (2011)
Hugely successful addition to the Auckland theatre scene, with two great spaces (Rangatira and Loft) and the Vault… Has a great bar and good food, perfect theatre venue all round.
Sir Paul Reeves Building (2013)
Latest addition to AUT’s city campus, and one of a number of impressive new university buildings including the Glen G. Glenn Building at University of Auckland (also pictured), and Manukau Institute of Technology.
Pt Resolution Bridge (2013)
Connects Pt Resolution with Parnell Baths and Tamaki Drive. Shaped like a waka, with stunning views over the Hauraki Gulf, this is a beautiful and practical piece of public architecture.
ASB Wynyard Quarter (2013)
Striking centrepiece of the Wynyard Quarter development. Pleasingly not a big glass box, but something more interesting and exciting, colourful and beautifully shiny.
Te Uru Art Gallery (2014)
Stunning big green box out west, completely different but perfectly complementing the neighbouring Lopdell House. Love the curves of the staircases and staircase on the outside of the back of the building.