The Cloud

Completion date
Cultural & Civic, Sports & Recreation
Architecture, Interior Design

The ‘Cloud’, is a purpose built temporary structure designed to provide flexible space for the 2011 RWC Queens Wharf Festival and Fan zone.

The brief called for a large re-deployable temporary structure to act as a highly-flexible, open-plan hospitality space to house a showcase of NZ business innovation. The design team however saw an opportunity to go beyond the functional brief, creating a building that was itself a showcase of the kiwi ingenuity it was to host within.

The Cloud’s bespoke form belies its relatively simple structure and construction. Assembled from more than 30 identical pre-fabricated trusses, the twisting form is achieved by simply altering the length of the legs to raise and lower the roof progressively along each elevation.

The space is truly a collaboration of some of New Zealand’s best design talent, with local designers, furniture makers, manufacturers, and even automotive specialists involved in the high-gloss faceted, folding feature wall.

The Cloud is sensitive to its location and the environment utilising lightweight modern materials with strong sustainable credentials. As tension membrane structure, The Cloud makes use of PVC and the ETFE. The tension membrane roof fabrics were chosen for their durability in such a tough marine environment, and because they require little maintenance and are self-cleaning, scoring well in life-costing.

Built to last well beyond its temporary tenure on Queens Wharf, the building is designed to be re-deployable in alternative locations in the future. It’s a testament to the quality of construction and the inherent flexibility of the design that The Cloud remains a relevant part of Auckland’s waterfront long after the Rugby World Cup has been safely locked away.


  • 2012 Best Design Award - Exhibition Installations and Temporary Structures – Silver
  • 2012 NZIA Architecture Awards - Public Architecture - Winner
Matthew Glubb Principal Auckland
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Tim Hooson Principal Auckland, Wellington
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Yirao Lee Interior Design Graduate - Associate Auckland
Harry Rowntree Regional Leader - Interiors Auckland
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Eric Zu Interior Designer - Associate Auckland
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