Jasmax and Populous were commissioned by the Eden Park Redevelopment Board to design the redevelopment of Eden Park to ensure 60,000 seats for the Rugby World Cup 2011.
A key concern for the client was improving the venue’s connection and interaction with its surrounding urban context. This was facilitated through the masterplan, which compacted the stadium security zone, enabling open plazas and soft landscaping containing native flora.
This approach has allowed the reduction in apparent size of the stadium, whilst maximising the amount of area available to the local community. In addition, the redevelopment has minimised the effect of a significant stadium within a residential area. This includes the effects associated with traffic, noise and light.
The barriers that separated the stadium from its surroundings were removed and replaced with open plazas and soft landscape. The ‘front door’ to the stadium was located on the west of the site fronting Sandringham Road. A new bus hub has been provided in the south-west corner of the site, significantly improving access to the park by public transport.
The stadium references the volcanic geology of Auckland, with an ETFE veil that forms the skin of the stadium. The translucent veil is used to breakdown the mass of the stadium and allow glimpses of the activity within.
The interior reflects the architectural concepts of the stadium, translating them into a human scale in large and highly functional spaces. Rooms make use of the translucency within the
architecture, capturing light, giving a sense of movement and height throughout the building. The redevelopment of Eden Park is a world leading example of stadium sustainability. The design includes a number of innovative sustainable design features including the ETFE skin of the building which has been designed to maximise natural light and facilitate natural ventilation to the majority of the stadium.
- 2011 Property Council of NZ – Tourism and Leisure - Merit Award
- 2011 Property Council of NZ – Interiors
- 2011 Finalist in Supreme Award - PCNZ Rider Levett Buckwell Awards - Holmes Consulting Group, Tourism & Leisure.