The Sky Terrace - Natural Habitats | ArchiPro

The Sky Terrace

Towering above Auckland city’s streets is a ruggedly beautiful coastal garden that pays homage to its Waitemata environment. This rooftop garden is a hybrid space, combining the main plaza, garden, and social space flanking the main tower.

Upon arrival, guests step through grand glass doors out onto an open paved courtyard surrounded by picturesque city and harbour views. Verdant coastal gardens anchor these views and are home to rare and endangered native vegetation. Many of these species would have called this harbour fringe home before the waterfront was reclaimed.

The terrace is designed to accommodate various social gatherings from lunch breaks to large scale events. Therefore, the design utilises various hard surfaces from architectural frames, moveable furniture, lighting and technology. Six bespoke seats are situated around the terrace, referencing the crafted timber forms of both indigenous and post-settlement boat building technologies.

Due to the elevated location, installation proved challenging with limited elevator access. A tower crane and mobile crane were essential in transporting materials from the ground up to the site. Natural Habitats worked closely with Fletcher Construction throughout the process to ensure an on-time, seamless delivery for the client.

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