Edgy architecture rocks Wellington airport


Construction has been underway at the Wellington Airport on the highly anticipated International Terminal for the best part of a year, but of course the Whats On research team has been following its progress for a whole lot longer than that, having first got wind of the project in 2005. As the somewhat odd rock shaped copper clad structure started to take shape we were all curious as to what the finished product might look like, so it goes without saying that we were thrilled to be invited to a sneak peak preview ahead of the official opening on the 27th of October.

Left to right: Emma Mayer – WOR Researcher, Rodney Sampson – Warren & Mahoney, Marcellus Lilley – Studio Pacific Architecture, John Howarth – Wellington Airport GM, Steve fitzgerald – Wellington Airport Chief Executive & Nick Barratt-Boyes – Studio Pacific Architecture.

Designed by Studio Pacific Architecture in association with Warren and Mahoney, the affectionately named “Rock’ has already established itself as an iconic piece of architecture, specifically designed to evoke the unique rugged South Coast of Wellington. The $60 million dollar project was brought to life by a multitude of industry specialists and has been described by those involved as one of their most challenging tasks to date.

The complexity of the structure is evident at first glance. A myriad of angles and panels are encased in 1600sqm of copper and strategically placed to capture the natural light. Internal slats (made from macrocapa plywood and fibre cement) work to balance acoustics and highlight the intricacy of the design. Comfortable seating teamed with a neutral colour scheme, large bay windows and feature lighting accent the interior, “we wanted something different, something that was not a box. Something environmentally sustainable, with flare that reflected Wellington’s unique identity,” explained Steve Fitzgerald, Chief Executive at Wellington Airport. The new space effortlessly blends creativity with functionality and will increase the airport's passenger processing capability from 500 to 1,000 passengers per hour.

The Rock combines three open plan spaces across two levels.
The “Corporate Box”, on level two, offers facilities suited to those travelling on business, while the ground floor boasts an array of new facilities including a licensed and fully functional Mojo Cafe so passengers can enjoy a glass of wine and a selection of tapas while they wait in between flights, delicious! All indications show that travellers are in for a sensory treat when passing through the terminal, visually it is spectacular but it is also comfortable and inviting. There will be a public open day held on the 21st November for all those interested in having a nosy, for more information on this project see J65797.

Reporter: Emma Mayer, Whats On Report Researcher
Editor: Sadaf Lourie, Whats On Report Researcher


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