An urban retail precinct which is the antithesis of a mall

Commercial Bay - Retail Precinct

Turning the traditional idea of the ‘shopping mall’ inside out, Commercial Bay presents a new model for the retail typology: an open-air, laneway-based retail environment configured over three levels. The project embodies a spirit of generosity, creating two entirely new pedestrian routes through the city block, connecting transit nodes and enhancing the pedestrian experience of the city centre.
The city has traditionally been a weekday trading environment and we set out to change that. It’s been amazing to witness that fundamental shift in trading habits, and particularly for the space to be humming every weekend with locals and tourists turning out in numbers for both daytime and evening trade.
Andrew Trounson, Centre Manager - Precinct Properties 
We agreed at the outset that we would have failed if it looked like it could be in Shanghai, San Francisco or Sydney. It had to be deeply embedded in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland.
Blair Johnston, Warren and Mahoney Principal
Once in a generation, a project becomes emblematic of a city’s collective vision. Commercial Bay represents a new, urban future for Auckland and its place as the capital of the Pacific. 

Collective Effort

Collective Effort

Blair Johnston
Executive Team, Head of Design, Principal
Gareth Huston
Divya Purushotham
Associate Principal
Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitats - Best Tall Building Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitats - Urban Habitat Australian Institute of Architects Awards - International - Commercial Named Award World Architecture Festival - Shortlisted (Awaiting results) Property Council NZ Awards - Supreme Award Property Council NZ Awards - Commercial Office Best in Category Designers Institute of New Zealand Best Awards - Gold Pin NZIA National Award - Commercial NZIA National Award - Planning + Urban Design NZIA Auckland Architecture Award - Commercial NZIA Auckland Architecture Award - Interior Interior Awards - Workplace up to 1,000m2 (Commercial Bay Tower Lobby) Structural Engineering Society NZ (SESOC) Awards​ - Supreme Award - Structural Engineering Excellence Interior Awards - Supreme Award + Civic Award Commercial Bay Retail Precinct: Interior Awards - Supreme Award Interior Awards - Civic Award Designers Institute of NZ Best Awards - Gold - Public + Institutional Spaces/Built Environments over $10M Designers Institute of NZ Best Awards - Silver- Built Environment