2019 Auckland Architecture Awards Winner
Barry Curtis Park Sports Pavilion & Plaza
Barry Curtis Park, in the fast-growing southeastern corner of the city, is the largest urban park to be built in New Zealand in more than a century. Its core function is to provide playing fields for formal sport, and on the weekends it’s full of people. The pavilion has a service function – it houses toilets, showers and changing sheds – and the large, semi-covered plaza hard by it provides shelter from sun and rain. And alongside all that, the building is a beacon: a wayfinder, an easily recognisable and findable meeting place visible from everywhere in the park, and a symbol for the local community. The bright orange and singular architectural shapes speak of aspiration and achievement, and, let’s not forget it, of having fun. There’s pleasure to be had in parks, and sometimes architecture really can lead the way.