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Blues High Performance Training Centre

The interior of the new high performance training and administration building for the Auckland Blues Super 15 rugby franchise draws on the the cultural significance of the site. Honouring this, and the strong Polynesian and Maori heritage among the Blues players, involved a series of design sessions with our local iwi – Ngati Whatua Orakei.

The bold use of colour and finishes tell the story of the region and connect the players with the site. The prominent location of the building between 3 local mountains – Maungakiekie (One Tree Hill), Maungawhau (Mt Eden) and Te Kōpuke (Mt Saint John), is brought into the interior, right down to the carpet design. Similarly, the location of the entry into the building faces Te Kōpuke – the traditional entry into Auckland. In the heart of the building lies the central hydration station; a bright orange magma colour radiates out through the floor from this focal point.