The Queenstown Aquatic Centre was the winner of a 2008 New Zealand Institute of Architects design award in the Public Architecture category and also a Colour Award. ASSA ABLOY is proud to have been the preferred door hardware supplier during its construction in 2008.
Neighbouring the Queenstown Airport and surrounded by the magnificent mountain landscape, the Queenstown Aquatic Centre is a major extension to the existing Event Centre. As the prominent civic building in the area, the Queenstown Lakes District Council required the building to be a landmark reflecting the special character of the district, and a memorable aquatic experience for both residents and visitors to the town.
The inspirational rugged mountain landscape and the dominant Remarkables Range to the south-east provided the design concept for ASA Architects. The intentional strong forms of the building are a series of white roofed wedges, analogous to snow on the mountains, which ‘nest’ into one another, and ‘fan’ around the curve of the cricket oval. To further emphasise the tectonic forces that formed the landscape, each wedge leans to the west and varies in size and height to suit the internal function. Internally this theme is continued so that pools, spaces, and even smaller elements are jagged and deformed, as if by the forces of nature.
ASSA ABLOY’s well-known, popular rectangular 1800 Series furniture, in conjunction with the Cadenza 78 lever, was chosen for its clean look, fitting with the Aquatic Centre’s design theme. Lockwood 3570 mortice locks were supplied to give confidence in door security, suitable for heavy duty use in commercial buildings. The unobtrusive 7726 and 7714 Lockwood door closers were also used throughout the building.
Architects: ASC Architects
Architectural Hardware Supplier: Sopers
Contractor: Naylor Love Construction
Photographer: Mike Langford