New Zealand storm-water reserve draws on Maori traditions

Award-winning Kopupaka Reserve, Auckland. ©David St. George Photography

Following last year’s World Architecture Festival, World Landscape of the Year winner Isthmus has teamed up with Dezeen to produce a video showcasing its winning scheme for Kopupaka Reserve in Auckland, New Zealand.

The 22ha Reserve at Tötara Creek combines storm water reserve and urban park, including a playground, skate park, open grassland, and wetlands.

A ‘woven’ timber crib retaining system, developed with Rawstorne Studios, contains the three main wetland areas, trapping silt and creating wildlife habitats. Its structure and pattern mimic traditional Maori hīnaki eel pots. There will also be a weaving garden demonstrating uses of the native harakeke plant.

The other shortlisted projects in the World Architecture Festival landscape category were:

  • Goods Line, Sydney, Australia, by Aspect Studios with Chrofi
  • Bürchen Public Square, Bürchen, Switzerland, by Fernando Menis
  • treetop walkway at Westonbirt Arboretum, Tetbury, UK, by Glenn Howells Architects
  • Offenbach Harbour, Germany, by Ramboll Studio Dreiseitl
  • garden at Ad Lib Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand by TROP: terrains + open space
  • Yichang Yunhe Park, Yichang City, China, by Turenscape
  • Quzhou Luming Park, Quzhou City, China, by Turenscape
  • Aga Khan Park, Toronto, Canada, by Vladimir Djurovic Landscape Architecture with Landscape Architects of Record Moriyama & Teshima Planners
  • urban farm at the VDNKH, Moscow, Russia, by Wowhaus

Get the full details of the World Architecture Festival 2016.


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