Takapuna is growing up
Along with St Patrick’s Square, Hurstmere Green is Auckland’s best new public space. Attention to design and detail is phenomenal. I love the Brett Graham sculptures, the references to Auckland’s volcanic topography, the timber loungers and the reminders of the site’s heritage. There are rumours that the building blocking access from the Green to the Beach could be purchased by the Council and demolished, opening a vista from Hurstmere Road to the sea and Rangitoto beyond - how cool would that be ? Don’t hold your breath though, Takapuna is fast gaining the nickname “Jurassic Park” thanks to the whingers and the narrow-minded who try and stop any form of progress in the area. Thankfully they are the minority but still gather way too much attention. Takapuna is finally coming of age and I look forward to spending more time in the area and watching a once upon a time backwater become the pearl onshore. Sit back and enjoy the photographs I took when last I visited the area.
Tip for The Auckland Council | Invite Sills van Bohemen Architects (design team responsible for the new Hurstmere Green) to submit a design concept for the upgrade of Freyburg Square.