Summer Night City
Light Path in Auckland
Monk Mackenzie Architects, LandLAB, GHD
Light Path transforms six hundred meters of redundant highway infrastructure into a dynamic cycleway completing a vital link in Auckland’s innercity cycle network. Stage 1 of the Light Path was opened in December 2015, stage 2 opened two years later.
The design is bold and confident with all elements well integrated into the singular and simple form of the path. It is the power of this design strategy that elevates a utilitarian pathway to a much more complex space of inhabitation, and creates a distinctive urban landmark for the city.
The city and the individual
To create an impact at this wider city scale a simple yet bold strategy was employed. The former asphalt highway was given a highly vivid and provocative pink resin and aggregate surfacing. This transformed the space from a disused highway into a highly contemporary urban space used by cyclists and pedestrians.
Aluminium plates, engraved with original Maori artist Katz Maihi artworks were subtly integrated into the western edge of the cycleway barrier. In addition to this, the pink surfacing was concluded at its northern end in another 27 metre long original artwork that morphed the surfacing back to asphalt.
The project is a bold statement in Auckland’s urban realm, illustrating movement, speed and aspiration. It takes on the often overused definition of urban connectivity and profoundly redefines it with a persuasive use of colour, materiality and technology. In the process, it contributes to a dispersal of ones perception of what it is to move about a city with an intoxicating cycling, pedestrian and transportation event.
„Can’t resist the strange attraction
From that giant dynamo
Lots to take and lots to give
Time to breathe and time to live“
ABBA, Summer Night City
We did this.
Level 3, 23 O’Connell Street
PO Box 3457
NZL – Auckland 1010
2015 & 2017
Gansen Govender, Stephen Cummins
GHD Centre Level 3
27 Napier Street
NZL – Auckland 1010
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