24 September 2014

Stunning imagery of the New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC), including the first glimpses inside the building, has been released today.

Stunning imagery of the New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC), including the first glimpses inside the building, has been released today.

The release of the imagery and a video ‘flythrough’ of the complex follows the lodgement of a resource consent application to Auckland Council for the NZICC and an adjacent five star 300-room hotel and pedestrian laneway to be developed separately.

The flythrough visualisation released today reveals sweeping views of key spaces inside the NZICC, which will include a large gallery, a large exhibition space (configurable for a range of events), pre-function areas with panoramic views and a large theatre adaptable for banquet and entertainment events.

Additional imagery details the exteriors of the NZICC development, including the laneway, with bars, restaurants and boutique shopping, the hotel, and the sensitive treatment of preserved historic buildings on the site.

NZICC Group General Manager, Simon Jamieson, says the lodging of a resource consent application comes after many months of comprehensive work by all involved in the project.

"For well over a year the NZICC team has been consulting and engaging extensively to prepare our resource consent application. The process we have followed has been thorough and rigorous, and we have every confidence that the convention centre will be a real asset for Auckland that will significantly enhance the inner city. The NZICC will be a flexible and versatile building that integrates with its surroundings while capitalising on its location and outlook. The public gallery entrance will provide a dramatic first impression at Hobson Street, and invite people into the building to further explore its interiors. On the Nelson Street side of the NZICC, pre-function spaces command breathtaking views towards the Harbour Bridge. The outcome of such considered design is a magnificent building that will be integrated with the grain of the city while strongly positioning Auckland as a leading international destination for major conventions and events," says Mr Jamieson.

Design of the NZICC is a collaboration between Warren and Mahoney (as lead designers), Moller Architects and Woods Bagot Architects. Warren and Mahoney’s Chairman and Design Director, Andrew Barclay, says the NZICC is a vital piece of urban infrastructure that will play a significant role in the life of Auckland.

"Contrary to typical large-scale convention centres, this design is open and inviting for the community, right in the heart of the central city, the building completely engages with the city and will fulfil a valuable role as a public amenity. It is a multi-level public space which opens directly onto both Hobson and Nelson Streets, ensuring that the city can observe and contribute to the changing life of the venue," says Mr Barclay.