2016 Nelson/Marlborough Architecture Awards Winner
Upper Queen Street
The notion of 'big box' retail being contained by highly functioning smaller tenancies is a noble one. Here, the treatment to the carpark area is generous, well structured, and scaled to encompass both the pedestrian activity and vehicle movement that enlivens this edge. A mix of mesh, steel and timber are layered to provide necessary shading and create a generous space for interaction between the ubiquitous car and the retail entries. Unfortunately, big box operations have still managed to encroach and dominate the length of Queen Street, but the flexibility designed along this façade has future- proofed it for adaptation into smaller tenancies. We hope potential occupants soon seize the opportunities that the architectural framework has provided.