The results of the competition for the Outer Tee were announced today – this morning, over a very tasty breakfast, with most of the architectural and creative people in Wellington in attendance. The results are that 6 schemes were picked as first place, ie with ideas worth exploring and worth taking further. They are:

Wellington’s Urban Playground – by Michael Callahan

SeaStage – by Craig and Colthart

Nautical Theme Park – by Martin Jenkins

HeliPro – by Rick Lucas

Low Quay – by Melling Morse

Community Framework and Beacon – by Studio Pacific

So: Where to from here? The Arch Centre’s entries were, of course, fantastic, but sadly not a winner – nor were any of the many student entries – but the main thing is that the WWL and the WCC have obviously received loud and clear the message that, as one school pupil said:
“When I go into the City, I want to have Fun !”

And so: fun, recreation, doing, inspiring, thinking, involving: that is what the waterfront will continue to be.

Ian Pike, head of the WWL, noted that : This is the start of the Discussion. They will be working with the 6 winning entrants, and all 6 will be contributing to a masterplan to be drawn up to cover the waterfront / Outer Tee area. They’ve worked from the existing Waterfront Framework, and will work further with the public on the Masterplan and the Framework into the future – the Public will be consulted as ideas start to firm up.

Stuart Niven stressed that the difference between the Auckland Queen’s Wharf competition and the Wellington Outer Tee competition is that:
Auckland is about building something (and fast), whereas Wellington is about thinking about somethings.
And that’s the key difference – the thinking before the doing, rather than the doing without thinking way that Auckland approaches problems.

Final word to Alistair Cattannach, engineer at Dunning Thornton:
“In Wellington, we don’t do Prosaic.”

Hear hear!


14 responses to “Tee Free”

  1. Horatio Hornblower Avatar
    Horatio Hornblower

    This is all great news. Such a rich and diverse range of options, rather than just one scheme. And the entrants ages and capabilities as well – yes, lots of school kids, but also Michael Callahan is just a recent architectural grad, and that young Ben Mitchell Anyon who went up from Melling Morse – he’s a young ‘un too ! Well done all !

  2. It’s good to see that Wellingtonians are so interested in the urban future of their city. They’re all really good entries and diverse too.

    I do have a favourite already – Low Quay! I love it. It’s simple, has room for growth, as in the functionality hasn’t been set in stone, but at the same time appears well defined and balanced. It also avoids trying to be iconic which is always a bonus in my mind.


  3. Lambton shopper Avatar
    Lambton shopper

    Where can I see more of these? The pictures you have a so small and i can’t read the writing !

  4. They’re all available to look at NOW, in Shed 6 on the waterfront.

    And hopefully, if the DomPost wakes up, on the front page tomorrow.

  5. Yes, they are in the Dom Post today, along with quite a good, helpful explanation.

  6. Indeed they are. Thanks. And the article also does a mini-summary:
    * Community focused framework and an iconic beacon – Studio Pacific Architecture
    A harbour beacon with viewing platform
    Southern end kept open and shaped around a small kiosk
    Shed 1 turned into community facility with performance space and conservatory
    Lower wharf in some areas

    * Contemporary Maritime and Nautical Theme Park – Martin Jenkins and Ben Brenton
    Craft mooring around outer T
    Shed 1 removed
    Replaced with two glass “shipping containers” for exhibits and public meetings
    Recognised by judges as complementing the nearby Museum of Wellington City and Sea

    * Sea Stage – David Craig, Matt Coltart, Stephen Moir
    A small floating sea stadium to view water-based events
    It would have a highly reflective bottom to bounce water reflections
    Southern end of T removed and a lower wharf created
    Suspended conference business centre on legs above a bar/restaurant underbelly

    * Low Quay – Melling Morse Architects
    Wharf cleared for a contained series of public spaces
    Includes a two-storey pavilions suspended on columns
    Gently sloping grassed areas on each side of the T
    Suspended double-decked boardwalk along the sea face

    * Wellington’s Recreational Urban Playground – Michael Callaghan
    Recommends outer T become a health and recreation destination
    Includes water sports, golf, squash and a health club
    Carefully choreographed start times would see constant use between 6am and 10pm
    Pedestrian bridge from the southern end to the main wharf

    * Helipro – Rick Lucas
    Move entire Helipro chopper operation to the southern end of the T
    This would free up remainder of T for other uses
    Would allow future development to be relatively uncompromised by Helipro

  7. I’m surprised none of the winners goes out of their way to incorporate a cruise terminal. Is the water there deep enough? Wellington is in desperate need of a decent place to welcome cruise pasengers to our city, a logging terminal just doesn’t cut the mustard.

  8. Plymouth Avatar

    Well, not page 1 news, but it got page 3 the next day! And on page B3 of the world section today, it has a massive full page advert.

    Which is nice…

  9. Phil,
    I totally, 100% agree that the best place for a Cruise Liner terminal would be at the Outer Tee, or the OPT.

    However, apparently, both of those structures are neither deep enough or strong enough for modern cruise liners (which are just so damn big). Hence they have to be sent off to the outer reaches of hell – ie the Log Farm.

  10. And we’ve added a poll for you as well, to gather any preferences…

  11. I see that the Melling Morse scheme has taken an early lead in the poll, but I dunno – the whole idea of having grass on the outer tee just seems both odd, and oddly banal to me. Which means of course, that it is probably the most likely to get the go ahead (if anything actually does get the go ahead – which I doubt… what happened to our UNStudio and Wardle designed buildings…?).

    A Maritime museum on the otherhand seems completely and utterly banal – Do we really need to compete with Auckland for something so trite? Given the distribution of these things around the globe, isn’t it just another way of turning the Wgtn waterfront experience into anywheresville?

    I’m backing Michael Callaghan’s scheme – not just because he has a cool first name, or because I briefly his 2nd year design tutor, but because his scheme is exciting and diverse, and might even get used (although probably not by me…), and because it probably doesn’t stand a chance in Hades of being realised with all those buildings…

    StudPac get disqualified for using the “I” word. Helipro? C’mon! Which leaves the Sea Stage to take 2nd place just because it is there really, although it does have some merit…

  12. Hmmm, I’m not convinced by the SeaScape scheme, despite your scheming, as the visual depiction seems bizarre to me. While I like the idea of a place to be, a place to look out from, etc, to go right out to the edge of the wharf and then have an inward focused viewing stage which appears to be in a bowl – that’s just perverse!

    If you want inner reflections – surely you should go elsewhere? Isn’t the outer Tee about being out there?

  13. I thought fish enjoyed looking out from bowls…?

  14. Pah ! That’s only those pesky goldfish – littel dimwits the lot of them. I don’t think you’ll fit a shark in a bowl…

    ….unless you’re that bloody Damien Hirst bloke that is….

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