New Zealand Commercial Design Trends Series NZ Commercial Design Trends Vol. 30/6 - Page 123

Project Panmure Interchange Location: Panmure, Auckland Architect: Opus NZ VITAL LINK A major transport initiative is unlocking Auckland’s Eastern Suburbs, and the new Panmure Interchange is a key part of the equation Left and below:A substantial, timber-clad gullwing roof appears to float above the transparent walls of the new Panmure Station, part of the upgraded Panmure Interchange in Auckland. The interchange is a key element in the first stage of the Auckland Manukau Eastern Transport Initiative (AMETI) by Auckland Transport. Below left:Natural light pours into the station through a circular glass canopy that resembles a compass. Radiating lines from the compass reference historic travel routes, the direction of key landmarks, and the flight path of the sparrowhawk. There’s a new building turning heads on the main arterial route through Panmure in Auckland. And it is anticipated that many of those same commuters will find the new Panmure Interchange offers a convenient alternative to driving to work. The bus-train interchange is a crucial part of the first stage of Auckland Transport’s Auckland Manukau Eastern Transport Initiative (AMETI), which is a group of projects designed to give Eastern Suburbs residents better transport choices by improving public transport and walking and cycling facilities, and reducing traffic congestion. The NZ Transport Agency and Auckland Council are the major funding partners for the project. Designed by Opus NZ, with Chilean architect Victor Hugo Rojas, the interchange incorporates the Panmure Station – a contemporary building with a timber-clad gullwing roof that floa