Finalist: Zee Shake Lee
Zee Shake Lee, 2014 student design awards finalist.
Moving Grounds: Irrupting Three Kings’ Inverted Volcanoes by Zee Shake Lee, University of Auckland School of Architecture and Planning.
This scheme comprises five propositions for Three Kings Quarry which, over the decades, has been gouged out of one of Auckland’s volcanic cones, and is now set to be the site of a mass housing development. The flattening of the cone, and the impending construction of a banal new settlement, will erase a unique landscape and the evidence of the site’s industrial past. Before that happens, this project argues, we should consider alternative treatments of the site.
Zee Shake’s polemical and provocative scheme is a dramatically unorthodox option for the development of one of Auckland’s much-abused volcanic cones. The moody presentation of a series of propositions provides a strong indication of the form of the architectural response to a man-damaged landscape.