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Wanganui Riverfront

Essentially a Waterfront development for Wanganui City (a historic North Island centre in New Zealand). Our key architectural move was to create a rivers edge interaction zone over the former road between the private land and the river. This is the space that will over time allow adjacent residents and businesses to reorient their business activities towards the river and engage with a new series of public civic spaces along the rivers edge. A new architectural boardwalk constructed from sustainable plantation timber and recycled hardwoods follows the land contours and rises to create a focal public space at the end of Drews Avenue. The new walk is seen as an extension and link to the city wharf and reforms the under bridge link as a hard-edged urban environment. A Market activity zone occurs further along the upriver edge with links forged to the Community Arts Centre and the paddle steamer Waimarie, and the promenade extended to the rowing clubs on the bend in the river. A terraced walkway also connects the land to the water down to a tidal beach on the bend in the river giving access for swimming and water sports. The promenade is also enlivened by a water weir, and indirect and focal point lighting drawing people down to the river and along its edge at night.

 
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