Tiramarama Way | Auckland’s Newest Urban Space
When Garvan O’Callaghan from Downer approached Jagas with a tricky custom precast concrete project at Auckland’s Wynyard Quater, our General Manager, Warwick Smith, jumped at the opportunity to tackle an interesting problem. The job required a range of precast concrete items from small stepping stones and concrete planters to 8 ton ‘purposeful puddles’. This sounded like an exciting challenge for Jagas and fell right into our area of expertise.
Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter is undergoing a transformation from an old industrial port closed to the public, to a public space in which people can work, be entertained, relax and do business. The beginning of this transformation has seen a variety of bars, restaurants and events root themselves in this flourishing area of Auckland’s waterfront, quickly establishing itself as a popular destination for visitors. The most recent part of the development has been the opening of Tiramarama Way. A purposefully designed laneway x Urban Space for the public to enjoy. Tiramarama Way literally means “to shine, glimmer and light the way”. Gently nestled between Daldy and Halsey St, this beautifully designed space exhibits some excellent examples of Maori culture. From Purposeful puddles designed to rise and fall with the tides and provide a play area to star constellations specific to Maori Astronomy represented by hanging lights. This space is a project that Jagas are very proud to have been a part of.
The biggest challenge in this project was to figure out how to make these 8 ton ‘puddles’, the largest of which spanned 8 meters. They were the biggest single sculptures that Jagas have tackled and needed a bit of clever thinking to work out how to cast them, flip, de-mould, finish and then move them to site. Not only this, but it all had to be done economically! So after a bit of brainstorming with our mould making friends at Total Industrial we devised a solution and began work.
The puddles were designed with a central tap in which the water can enter the pool and flutes running down the side to allow the water to flow back as the tide comes in and out. The smaller face of the concrete was honed back to reveal the decorative stone underneath, representing the shoreline. The other face sand blasted to represent the ocean bed holding the water.
They were cast upside down and flipped over (no easy task) before being honed. This was done intentionally, as during the pouring process the heavier decorative stone falls to the bottom of the mould. Causing it all to collect at the surface ready for finishing. Honing the surface reveals a high pebble density and creates a visually appealing stone matrix. This traditional Terrazzo technique is employed by Jagas in all of their Concrete Paving and Precast.
There were a few late evenings and learning curves as with any bespoke project but our boys in the factory were very quick to take this in their stride and the final product was delivered above standard and on time. It was a pleasure to work with Garvan from Downer Construction and Nathan Young from Wrights & Associates Architects on this fantastic project. Hats off to Contrax for the excellent installation job and making the whole thing look slick. Jagas are immensely proud of our work and the final outcome, we look forward to more challenges in future!