2022 Wellington Architecture Awards Winner
Ōmarukaikuru / Point Jerningham is a prominent section of walking and cycling infrastructure of Tahitai, (one tide, one journey) the coastal route from Oriental Bay around Evans Bay. Ōmarukaikuru comprises pathways for cyclists and pedestrians, a series of projecting outlooks, ‘barnacles’, resting spaces and access points to the rocky foreshore. The design references and responds to the context on many levels; cultural naming of whenua with Taranaki Whānui, tohu design, marine ecosystem, coastal resilience and natural rock formations of this rugged coast. A simple and rustic material palette of exposed aggregate and asphalt give clear cues for different path users, facetted precast concrete and corten steel for feature structures softened by hardwood timber inlays and hardy coastal planting celebrates this rugged exposed environment.