Subnatural Axis: Resurfacing a Post-industrial Landscape
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“Subnature is not about what is natural to architecture; it is about the natures we produce through our most radical architectural concepts.” Hazardous liquid storage, rust, debris, weeds, crowds, and seagulls settle into the surface of Auckland’s Wynyard Point. These surface conditions are the remnants of human intervention into the environment of Wynyard Quarter. As such, this project aims to elevate these surface conditions in resurfacing a post-industrial landscape through the medium of earthenware clay tile. Sourced directly from the subsoil in Wynyard Point’s terrain, the design proposal infects that of Panuku Development Auckland’s ‘Urban Design Framework’. As a result, the resurfacing of the former silo footprints acts as a marker of their historical value in the narrative of Wynyard Point.