Downtown Ferry Terminal
1The flagship Auckland Downtown Ferry Terminal was developed to provide a modern transport centre for the thousands of commuters and tourists that use the ferry service each day. The project was important to cater for an ever-growing amount of ferry traffic in the Hauraki Gulf – close to 4000 people take the ferry each day. This terminus serves the heart of the city from the suburbs of Auckland and the outlying islands. The Pier 1 and Pier 2 projects provide shelter, ticketing, way-finding, amenities and convenience services for ferry passengers and accommodation for ferry operators: a bustling transport hub with an important part to play in Auckland’s network.
2At the first stage of the project, the existing wharf structure was checked for the local impacts of the structures and strengthened locally where necessary. Once that work was completed, the more contemporary ferry piers and waiting area were constructed mostly as an open-sided structure with an arresting seagull/sail shaped roof. Together with the ornamental ‘smokestack’ turrets, the design plays on the heritage of the area, mirroring the look of the ships berthed behind the original building. The design also needed to have a low profile, as well as being easily maintainable and readily adaptable as requirements and uses evolve.
3One of the key design challenges the project presented was the aggressive marine environment, which takes its toll on all of the buildings in the Downtown area. Our designs focused on using durable materials, with robust, simple structural systems that are easy to monitor and maintain. The result is a flexible, adaptable transport hub that is designed and built to stand the test of time.