6 Dec

Queens Wharf comes to Auckland Live

Daytime exterior, The Cloud. Photo credit: Bas van Est

In 2017, Regional Facilities Auckland (RFA) and Auckland Live were delighted and proud to welcome Queens Wharf to their portfolio of iconic Auckland venues, and to begin management of the facilities at what is known as ‘The People’s Wharf’.

Auckland Live, a division of RFA, manages the Aotea Centre, Auckland Town Hall, Aotea Square, The Civic, and Bruce Mason Centre – all in New Zealand’s largest city.

Nighttime exterior, The Cloud

The addition of Queens Wharf to the Auckland Live’s offering signals the start of an exciting time in the development and life of the historic wharf, situated on the edge of the beautiful Waitemata Harbour in the heart of downtown Auckland City.

Queens Wharf offers two strikingly different venues – Shed 10 and The Cloud – alongside outdoor space suitable for large public events.

Exterior, Shed 10. Photo credit: Bas van Est

Built in 1910, Shed 10 is a heritage-listed building that was once used to store cargo bound for export, and is the only existing original building remaining on what was once a very busy working wharf.

Undergoing a thoughtful restoration in 2012, Shed 10 has retained its unique heritage features while providing facilities for what has become a premium events space and primary cruise ship terminal.

The ground floor is defined by the Shed’s robust industrial character with a concrete floor, steel columns and exposed beams. The upper floor is warm and rich in character and detail with timber flooring, exposed steel trusses and a gabled ceiling with occasional skylights.

Interior, Shed 10: dressed for an event.

The largest solar panel system of its kind in New Zealand is installed on the roof, while inside a number of original artworks by prominent NZ creatives are on permanent display.

Outside, artist Michael Parekowhai’s groundbreaking life-size work, The Lighthouse, sits on a wooden jetty that ‘floats’ on the wharf, and attracts large crowds particularly at weekends.

By contrast, The Cloud is a unique, modern venue that, since it opened as a temporary structure to accommodate an inner-city fan zone during Rugby World Cup 2011, has won a place in the hearts of Aucklanders and visitors alike.

Interior, The Lighthouse

Designed by Jasmax Architects, The Cloud reflects Aotearoa-New Zealand, Land of the Long White Cloud, and is a landmark building anchoring the popular public space, which on any one day plays host to pop-up events, fishing excursions, summer BBQs, or people simply soaking up the atmosphere of the bustling waterfront and the views out to the beautiful Hauraki Gulf.

Since the transition in July, Auckland Live has been programming and presenting events and activities at the wharf, all designed to enrich and complement Auckland’s flourishing social, arts and cultural landscape.

Highlights for 2018 include acclaimed German/British composer Max Richter’s sonic dreamscape Sleep, which will be staged in Shed 10 as part of Auckland Arts Festival in March. The innovative eight-hour-long work will see 31 pieces of Richter’s exquisite hybrid of classical and electronic music performed uninterrupted, during which listeners will be able to lie down on specially created camp beds to sleep, dream and drift in and out of consciousness throughout the night.

Click here to visit Auckland Live’s website.