As Auckland’s population increases the city is growing outwards as well as upwards. Westgate, a centre designed to serve a growing residential community in the west, now has a green heart comprised not just of Kopupaka Park, the World Architecture Festival winning project, but also of Te Hauāuru Reserve, a new recreational area for the growing township.
Te Hauāuru Reserve is an integrated green space that takes its design takes cues from the site’s location within the network of upper Waitematā inlets and streams and the history of the kauri forests that once covered the area.
In plan, Te Hauāuru Reserve is clearly structured. The entry plaza, with its small amenity building, is a welcoming space that flows into enclosed lawns, a promenade, orchards, and other places that stimulate water-based play and recreation. The lawns, distinct within the park, are scaled for varied activities and defined by sculptural and functional seating edges. Level lawns can accommodate large gatherings; subtly sloping, more intimate lawns are tailored for picnics, rest and relaxation. The large, northern lawn is suitable for concerts and markets. All are oriented to the northwest to capture the sun, but benefit from the shade provided by new stands of trees.
Across the formal structure of the park there is a multi-layered planting scheme that blends native and exotic species to ensure a varied and changing botanical experience all year round. Along the western boundary, especially, a characterful herbaceous border comprised of native shrubs and groundcovers will soften the interface with planned housing, as the area expands to accommodate new residents.