Skyscraper City Forum banner
1 - 20 of 115 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,628 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Demolition has commenced of the two buildings indicated in red - these will be replaced with a new building for AUT.



Would have taken a photo but my battery was dead...

AUT WG Building

CLIENT
Auckland University of Technology

DESIGN
Jasmax


The WG Precinct project will complete the Mayoral Drive and Governor Fitzroy corner of the AUT city campus in accordance with the aspirations and principles set out in the AUT City Campus Master Plan Report.

The project will provide AUT with, among many things; a better city edge and new gateway into the campus. The proposed development is to provide a new ‘shop front’ which showcases the university and strengthens connections and pedestrian links between city and campus and improves the quality and quantity of major plaza and open spaces.

The exterior areas are considered fundamental to the success of the AUT Campus Master plan and are to create clear linkages to the existing student amenities in adjacent buildings. Plaza areas are to provide:
Greening of the campus by introducing trees and grass areas wherever appropriate.
Linking of the Business Building, WG Precinct, The WH restaurant precinct and the Wellesley St entrance in a new primary pedestrian spine.

Strengthening of the link from the city and create a pedestrian friendly gateway to the AUT by closing the lower section of Governor Fitzroy Place to traffic and creating a new pedestrian zone.

Generous circulation paths between buildings and between different levels to cater for peak pedestrian flows at lecture/class change over.

Pause spaces that provide opportunities for rest and activities to the sides of the large open Plaza areas.

LANDSCAPE CONCEPT
Through the gifting of this land the Ngati Whatua effectively anchored the education precinct and AUT into the heart of the city.

This anchoring creates both tension and resultant settlement as the campus and the city are drawn then bound together. New opportunities for growth and change appear as landscapes and ecologies regenerate in the altered ground.

The anchor references both movement and pause. As people move through the shifted ground plan, remnants or ‘eddies’ provide moments of pause and rest within the landscape. The resultant public spaces directly relate to, and affect the buildings and urban edges that surround them.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,819 Posts
Demolition has commenced of the two buildings indicated in red - these will be replaced with a new building for AUT.



Would have taken a photo but my battery was dead...
There looks to be no great loss in replacing these buildings:

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Governor+Fitzroy+Place,+Auckland,+New+Zealand&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=41.903538,92.900391&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Governor+Fitzroy+Pl,+Auckland+1010,+New+Zealand&ll=-36.853106,174.764194&spn=0.001172,0.007703&z=18&layer=c&cbll=-36.853107,174.765215&panoid=OgepeAa9mG7fXVK2ouOrOA&cbp=11,108.89,,0,-3.28

(p.s. is there a way I can post this image directly by linking to Google?)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,628 Posts
Discussion Starter · #7 ·
Interesting thing about this image is that it suggests the area will be used for public spaces rather than for a new building - so I'm not quite clear anymore what the outcome is, as I had understood there would be a new construction here.

 

·
Registered
Joined
·
8,543 Posts
AUT - WG Precinct Project - today

The WG Precinct project will complete the Mayoral Drive and Governor Fitzroy corner of the AUT city campus in accordance with the aspirations and principles set out in the AUT City Campus Master Plan Report. The project will provide AUT with, among many things; a better city edge and new gateway into the campus. The proposed development is to provide a new ‘shop front’ which showcases the university and strengthens connections and pedestrian links between city and campus and improves the quality and quantity of major plaza and open spaces.

Strengthening of the link from the city and create a pedestrian friendly gateway to the AUT by closing the lower section of Governor Fitzroy Place to traffic and creating a new pedestrian zone.

 

·
Registered
Joined
·
8,543 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
20 Posts
AUT WG Precinct | Under Construction

We have started building our new learning precinct on our City Campus in central Auckland. The WG precinct will include: a 12-story tower; AUT's communication studies school; television and performance studios; lecture theatres; and shops. This page describes the precinct's features and invites you to make enquiries.

WG precinct: AUT's new gateway

Located at the corner of Mayoral Drive and Governor Fitzroy Place in the centre of Auckland, the new WG precinct will be a major gateway to AUT and will transform the university’s City Campus. It will provide 20,000 square metres of under-cover space, including a 12-floor tower, a 5-storey glass-roofed atrium, lecture theatres, cafe and plazas.

Design matches different ways of learning



The link between space, technology and the process of teaching has been carefully considered in the precinct’s design and choice of technology. The precinct will house specialist facilities for AUT’s school of communication studies, including television and performance studios, motion capture and green screen rooms. All lobbies and break out spaces will be designed as collaborative social study areas with a range of furniture types to cater for multiple ways of learning. High efficiency heating and air-conditioning, low-energy lighting and long-life materials also contribute to the visionary design and function of the buildings.

Linked to business and law, and hospitality and tourism buildings

The precinct will complete AUT’s Mayoral Drive frontage by linking to the faculty of business and law building and the tourism and hospitality building. Governor Fitzroy Place will become a primarily pedestrian area featuring an open public plaza.

This learning space will open to students at the start of semester 1, 2013.

Facts and key features of WG building

Location

Corner Governor Fitzroy Place and Mayoral Drive, Auckland Central
Size

20,000 square metres
Floors

12-floor tower, 5-storey glass-roofed atrium


Key features

A new reception area for the campus
Television and performance studios
Motion capture and green screen rooms
Lecture theatres
Informal study and collaboration spaces
Cafe
Outdoor plaza



Source: AUT University
 

·
Retired
Joined
·
1,214 Posts
I see they have what looks to be a living wall. This seems to be the new trend. I quite like them although I wonder how easy they are to care for.
done right very easy... they have been around for a few years now overseas and some buildings use them to clean the air of buildings...

you do wonder though how long the trend will last... but the beauty of it I guess is you can change the look/effect by changing the plants around... the qantas lounge wall in sydney is pretty cool
 
1 - 20 of 115 Posts
Top