Queen’s Wharf Passenger Terminal.
Waterfront Auckland has revealed plans for the “upgrade” of Shed 10 on Queen’s Wharf which will serve as a “world class” multi use cruise and events facility. Shed 10 dates back to 1910 and was used for much of its life as a cargo shed for export and import goods. The upgrade will transform Shed 10 into a unique venue for major and community events and offers improved processing facilities to capitalise on Auckland’s growing reputation as a hub port for visiting international cruise ships in the South Pacific. Forecast numbers for the 2012/2013 cruise season indicate a further 25 per cent increase in passenger numbers to approximately 214,000. In 2011/12 the cruise industry generated approximately $268m in direct spend into Auckland alone and provided around 1,550 jobs. Shed 10 will be over 50% larger than the current cruise facility on Princes Wharf and is being designed to cater for cruise ships carrying up to 3,000 passengers and for events of up to 3,000 people.
All fair and well but can anybody please explain to me why we have to always settle for such mediocrity ? Auckland is already a city that is very grey and lacks vibrancy – so why are we still producing the same old same i.e. grey or black ? Is it a refelction of the people who live in this city i.e. dull and monotonous ? Is it a reflection of the Auckland Council i.e. timid and repressed ? or is it a reflection of the architects and/or designers in Auckland i.e. unimaginative and archaic ? Judging by what has transpired of late one can be forgiven for thinking that it is all of the aforementioned points. I have taken 5 minutes and roughly produced a mock-up of what I think Shed 10 should be – fun, warm, bold, inviting and a building that reflects our nautical past (hence inspiration was drawn from nautical flags – the city of Sails). A building that warmly embraces our visitors and let’s them know that we are warm, exciting and fun-loving people – not some repressed and conservative nunnery stuck with a Victorian era mentality. You be the judge – choose either option A or Option B as your favourite by leaving a comment. The results will be emailed to Waterfront Auckland and The Auckland Council.