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The winning submission by Fearon Hay and Peddle Thorp

The Auckland Waterfront Development Agency (AWDA) is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from its recently established Design Talent Pool, to enable a short list to be established for a one stage competition. This competition is to deliver concept designs for a new hotel for the Wynyard Quarter. The Wynyard Quarter in downtown Auckland is New Zealand’s largest urban renewal project.

This hotel development will occupy a signature block on the Viaduct Harbour Edge, adding significantly to the quality of the entrance experience to Wynyard Quarter from Te Wero Island and the look and feel of the Jellicoe St spine. It is important that this building fully meets the potential of the site. However, given the iconic nature of the adjacent Viaduct Events Centre building and the ASB headquarters, this building has a difficult task: it must fully inhabit the expectations of the site, without competing with the neighbouring buildings or dominating the adjacent harbour.

Most importantly, from an urban design perspective, the hotel must deliver on the public pedestrian experience within it’s curtilage.

This is a limited EOI and competition, with submissions sought exclusively from amongst the AWDA Design Talent Pool of 23 practices. Each shortlisted team will receive a fee of $10,000. Upon submission of final competition entry, the jury will select a winner. The winning team will be given a fee to proceed to work for a further period to work with AWDA to complete their concept design and assist in preliminary costings.

Shortlisted teams

City Lab congratulates all shortlisted teams for delivering five engaging and exciting ideas for this competition, and is pleased to announce the winners are Fearon Hay/Peddle Thorp. Please find below links to a pdf of each final submission: