Ignite’s master plan for Mainbeach provides a new boulevard of various food and beverage offerings, all with tiered views of the beach, the reserve, and the Hauraki Gulf. As the first stage of development, the brief was to capture the essence of Takapuna and create an asset that could be enjoyed by the local community and visiting tourists.
Ignite’s project team worked closely with the client and Auckland Council’s Urban Transformation Unit to develop a concept that delivers strong benefits for the local community and Auckland as a whole.
The design of Mainbeach creates a pavilion of bars and restaurants themed on a Takapuna boathouse concept. The extensive use of glazing on the building’s front façade and its wrap-around decks give patrons a panoramic view of the beachfront and out to sea. Metal profiled seamless cladding and framed rooflines accentuate each tenancy and make the single-level building seem larger than it is. This use of scale enables it to stand out, sitting proudly in its location and making the most of the outlook.
To give the client greater flexibility in managing leases, the design of the building allows it to be broken up into modules to suit the varying needs of current and future tenants. Each pod offers a slightly different view of the beach, reserve, and Rangitoto Island. In addition to the main building, the development also includes a modern and convenient car park, and pedestrian links to Takapuna’s high street via a bridge and walkway.
Ignite’s interiors team also took charge of the fit-out of Tokyo Bay restaurant, delivering a high-end dining experience that makes the most of the beachfront location.