More Architecture officially announced the completion of The Pacifica in Auckland’s CBD, measuring 178 meters high and home to over 200 apartments, with boutique hotel and hospitality to come.
Real estate developers Hengyi and builders ICON began construction on the site in 2017, directly across from Customs Sreet from Britomart compound. More Architecture says: “Each element of the Pacifica is inspired by its surroundings: the totemic design on the exterior of the building that resembles a traditional Maori Pikorua, symbolizing oneness, the changing glass facade that reflects the glistening waters of the harbor of Waitemata and the archetypal Auckland Alley.
The final building is 57 stories tall and sits just below the 180-meter-high Commercial Bay, making it the tallest residential building in the country.
Plus Architecture believes The Pacifica will set a new standard of living in downtown Auckland and New Zealand in general. Project Director and Creative Lead Ian Briggs says: “Auckland is a fantastic city with its harbor and alleys. And so, for us, the idea of the port and the network of alleys were the two starting points of the unique design.
He continues: “We were able to extend this very naturally through our site and represent this alley experience in the architecture of the base of the tower, before becoming vertical elements in the skyline. It almost became a pretty natural experience, rather than, what wacky shape can we do? It was: what naturally arises from the human-centered experience of the city at street level, and how does that develop into the horizon afterwards? “
See exclusive drone footage from the finished exterior below.
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