Te Nukuao Cultural Structure

Customer:  Auckland City Council

Contract: Construct only

Location:  Wynyard Quarter, Auckland, New Zealand

Building Solutions New Zealand & Pacific Islands


    • Develop shop drawings and fabricate steel frame
    • Offsite multi-coat paint system
    • Assemble and erection
    • June 2020 - November 2020


Located in Silo Park Extension, Te Nukuao establishes a cultural marker that recognises and represents the mana that tangata whenua hold over the whenua and moana of Tāmaki Makaurau.  It was commissioned as part of the Wynyard Edge Upgrade to provide a place of respite and encourage people into the new urban space created as part of the 36th America’s Cup in 2021.

A true trans-disciplinary approach was required between the artist, architect, structural engineers, and steel fabricator to craft every detail: structure, connections, pattern, and lashings.

The team was tasked with creating a framework to support the sails that would appear light and inviting. The welding, steel and concrete foundations, and other complex modern supports needed to be skilfully hidden so the traditional lashings connecting the printed sails to the frame were the prominent feature.


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