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Robert Pak, finalist

Robert Pak

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Robert (Heachoon) Pak, from the University of Auckland School of Architecture and Planning, a finalist for his project, ‘Post Civic’.

Project description

The old Auckland Railway Station was a Modernist monument to civic pride and architectural ambition. At the end of the twentieth century it met its Post-modernist fate – sold off and re-purposed as accommodation in another indifferent development in a neighbourhood of architectural mediocrity. Instead of pinning hopes for revival on some grand project, this proposal envisages multiple, smaller-scale interventions and additions, which will provide “micro public spaces” sited alongside declamations which reconnect this part of the city to the harbour.

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This project is an enthusiastic engagement with a damaged section of Auckland’s urban fabric. Starting with the realisation that decades of development have substantially degraded the local public realm, the author proposes some urban repair work. It’s a bold move to flood the railway track leading into the old Railway Station and so re-connect the area with the harbour. The introduction of water and the restoration of circulation routes is provocative, but consistent with Auckland’s ambition to be a most livable city.

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