City Rail Link Wins World Architecture Festival Cultural Design Award
For the first time, a New Zealand project has won an accolade at the world’s biggest international architecture festival, WAFX.
Designed by Jasmax and Grimshaw in partnership with mana whenua, Auckland’s City Rail Link (CRL) has received the 2019 World Architecture Festival WAFX prize for Cultural Identity.
Jasmax CEO Sjoerd Post says that the award is reflective of Jasmax’s bold vision for New Zealand architecture. “We have a vision for raising the bar on bicultural design reflective of the unique founding relationship enshrined in Te Tiriti o Waitangi. I am incredibly proud of the collaborative effort of our team, mana whenua and our City Rail Link Ltd client being recognised as world-leading in this space.”
“The Auckland City Rail Link will double the capacity of the entire rail network and improve the lives of millions of Aucklanders. We are thrilled to be playing a part in this transformative project by designing three new stations – Aotea, Karangahape and Mt Eden – with distinct identities, reflecting the Māori creation story which unfolds as people travel along the City Rail Link”, said Grimshaw Partner, Neil Stonell.
More than a major transport infrastructure project, the City Rail Link will be New Zealand’s largest public art project. Using a truly culturally integrated design framework, the CRL station designs will reflect Auckland’s unique identity as the largest Māori city in the world. Inspired by the historic landforms and flora characteristic to each station site, the architecture and integrated artwork weave a distinctive story of place set within the natural world, reflecting a Māori worldview that people and the land are one.