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Zaha Hadid Architects in running for landmark New Zealand tower

Federal Street site in Auckland
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Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) has been shortlisted for an international competition to design a tower in Auckland, New Zealand

The project for Melbourne-based property developer ICD will see a hotel and apartment block built on a seven-storey car park on Federal Street.

The practice is competing against five firms: local New Zealand practice Warren and Mahoney and Australian firms Woods Bagot, Cox Architecture and Elenberg Fraser. 

The shortlisted firms have been commissioned to design two versions of the building each, one that will work within the city council’s current framework for and the other that will challenge it with ’unparalleled design standards’.

ICD deputy managing director Matthew Khoo said the competition aimed to find the ‘best quality architectural and urban design solution’ for the Federal St site. 

‘It’s also a really fun and different way to bring design excellence to life by pitting five of the best architects in the world against each other – and the end result will be built right here in Auckland,’ he added. 

‘The first design will be compliant to current planning restrictions, but given the quality of the architects, will still be impressive and exciting.

‘The second design will demonstrate what could be achieved under more generous planning and make a distinct urban landmark statement in the centre of Auckland.’

The project, near the Sky City Casino in the city’s major tourist and entertainment district, will be the first development ICD has undertaken in New Zealand, following projects such as the Eq Tower in Melbourne.

If ZHA wins the commission it would be its first commission in New Zealand. A winner is expected to be announced in early September.

ZHA was approached for comment.

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