Set in the heart of Manukau City, the Vodafone Events Centre (formerly known as the TelstraClear Pacific) aims to promote the cultural diversity of its community.
Creative Spaces as lead designers in joint venture with Cox Architects contributed to the master-planning of the site and the architectural design of the theatre, indoor arena, outdoor arena and plaza. Particular care was taken to ensure that the design process took into account the range of cultures making up the community – the ‘Pacific’ theme was developed in consultation with these communities and resulted in artwork created in collaboration with local artists and iwi.
The project brief stipulated that the events centre must have an iconic presence as a public facility, reflecting the diverse culture of the people of Manukau, and create a sense of belonging and community ownership. The building also needed to cater for the complex functional requirements, and be built on time and to budget. The completed project satisfied all briefing requirements.
Major facilities include a 700 seat theatre and a 3000 seat indoor arena; both venues being reconfigurable to accommodate a wide variety of sporting, cultural and entertainment events.