Q&A with Peter Miglis, Woods Bagot

What’s your favourite project in the world?

There are many, but one in particular is the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank Headquarters. This project was able to transform a congested centre of Hong Kong by providing a public domain amenity to the public – like a “gift” back to the city.

What excites you about ICD’s Federal St project?

The combination of the site location and the brief will provide a catalyst of positive urban transformation for this part of the city. The project will transform Federal St and its surrounds, especially at street level with a focus on further supporting Auckland’s urban implementation programme of giving the streets back to the people.

It will also enhance the city’s skyline and importantly it’s all about a building that will reinforce Auckland as a global city.

What do you think is the most exciting thing in store for Auckland’s future?

Auckland “City of Sails” and one of the most liveable cities is experiencing an economic boom, and this is currently noticeable and tangible. These changes are physical, cultural and social on a number of levels and will elevate Auckland as a vibrant, attractive, international city that has its own special qualities that are unique to Auckland.

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Bobby Kennedy