Auckland International Airport, Auckland, New Zealand
More just straightforward landscape architecture, Leonard Isitt Drive was part of the wider masterplanning of the landside assets of Auckland International Airport. It involved the transformation of a poorly performing office park into a vibrant mixed commercial environment by realigning an existing meandering street into a formal central boulevard.
Working alongside Woods (engineering) and McKenzie Parma (contractor), Common Ground used a range of hard and soft landscape elements, lighting and signage to create a pedestrian-centric environment that reinforced the Airport’s “Gateway to New Zealand” experience.
Commons Ground’s design concept instituted a classical lineal alignment with a decreased road carriageway, wide footpaths, landscaped parking bays and clearly delineated public realm elements. The palette of hardscape and planting was carefully matched with new street furniture including lighting, seating, bins and signage.
The project has resulted in a vibrant streetscape environment with active retail and hospitality uses at ground level, higher than anticipated pedestrian numbers and increased commercial tenant demand including the development of new hotels.
Common Ground Studio undertook and full Strategic Land Use Review and Framework Planning for AIAL between 2008-2012, specifically:
Value of Services Provided:
$NZ 23,000 (2010)