Auckland Waterfront Development Agency (AWDA)
In August 2011, AWDA , responsible for around 45 hectares of prime waterfront property at the heart of Auckland city, opened significant new public spaces, restaurants, a tram loop and a new bridge linking the area to the Viaduct in Wynyard Quarter. The Wynyard development is a progressive "Clever" mixed-use space, which embraces the industry of the area alongside public space, residential areas and hospitality. Focused around the fish market and the working wharfs, the Wynyard Quarter provides an authentic destination, which speaks to the broader communities of Auckland. This development is transforming the way Aucklanders use and view their city.
The revitalisation of Wynyard Quarter is New Zealand's largest urban revitalization project. Chris Morley-Hall of Koko was approached to be the Creative Producer for the project – developing the "flavour" of the area, the strategy to deliver it and concepts to activate public and private spaces during the course of development.
There have been many success stories for Koko: from initiating discussion with the waterfront's neighbours and creating a connected waterfront, to an award-winning integrated play space and street sports area. Koko helped establish a range of initiatives for Silo Park including cinema, exhibitions, performances and the award winning markets. Koko was also responsible for intiating discussion and structure around the iconic Silo 6 structuire which has become a beacon for fresh ideas.
Key for Koko has been ensuring events of many different sizes can use the space; highlighted early on with multiple activities during Rugby World Cup 2011.
Koko continues to provide ongoing consultancy with Waterfront Auckland to oversee the roll out of other initiatives in coming years.
"Chris is a highly talented artist, clever and wise with great skill in public works and design. A pleasure to work with he can transform a landscape with his genius. A stunning thinker"
Bob Harvey - Chaiman - Waterfront Auckland