Britomart Transport Centre is the hub of a transport plan for Auckland that connects new rail services, ferry terminal and light rail loop. At 50,000 square metres, it is Auckland’s largest transport project and the only underground diesel station in the world. It’s capable of carrying up to 10,500 passengers at peak hour.
The Jasmax design team, along with Mario Madayag led the consultant team, engaging in wide consultation with planners, community groups and Ngati Whatua to co-ordinate the delivery of this significant urban project.
The architectural design of the station incorporates elements of Auckland’s natural history. Light floods into the underground concourse through eleven skylights which visually represent Auckland’s many volcanoes and offer visitors underground sky views.
Sculpted stainless steel trees by artist Michael Parekowhai and basalt waterfalls within the station make further reference to Auckland’s land forms and geology.
The ground-level entry point is through the refurbished and adapted former Chief Post Office building and via a new addition, the Glasshouse. The unique design enables The Glasshouse to act as a source of natural light and air, a screen of glazed lourve panels bring fresh air into the station.
Externally, Te Ara Ta Huhu Walking Street links future development sites to the station environment. It is scaled to replicate the intimacy and vitality of Vulcan Lane or Melbourne’s laneways. Takutai Square forms Britomart precinct’s social heart.
The glazed canopy connecting Quay and Customs Streets provides shade and shelter to pedestrians. Beneath the canopy, bus stops, kiosks and seating elements provide the necessary street infrastructure to service Britomart’s public transport interchange.
A line of stainless steel columns, “the light forest”, emit constantly varied coloured light and give a sense of drama to the space at night. While a grove of 18 kauri trees, a symbolic gesture to Auckland’s once-abundant forest, is dissected by a timber bridge constructed from recycled timber wharf piles recovered during excavation of the train station.
- 2004 American Institute of Architecture Business Week/Architectural Record Award - Winner
- 2004 NZIA Resene Local Award for Architecture - Community & Cultural
- 2004 NZIA Resene Local Award for Architecture - Heritage & Conservation
- 2004 Property Council of New Zealand Excellence Award, Special Purposes Category
- 2004 IES Lighting Awards - Outdoor Category
- 2004 IES Lighting Awards - Indoor Category
- 2004 The NZ Concrete Society - Concrete Award