Five Mile Retail Centre Queenstown

Five Mile Retail Centre Development, Queenstown Gateway Building, NZ Shopping Architecture

Five Mile Retail Centre Queenstown

New Architecture on Lake Wakatipu, South Island of New Zealand – design by The Buchan Group Architects

6 + 5 Sep 2016

Five Mile Retail Centre in Queenstown

Design: The Buchan Group, Architects

Location: Queenstown Gateway, South Island, New Zealand

Five Mile Retail Centre at Queenstown Gateway

BUCHAN DESIGNS FIVE MILE DEVELOPMENT FOR QUEENSTOWN GATEWAY

Five Mile Retail Centre Queenstown Building

The first stage of the NZ$130 million Five Mile Retail Centre development at the gateway to Queenstown has begun welcoming residents and visitors alike, converting the site from an abandoned eyesore into an enticing state-of-the-art shopping precinct.

Five Mile Retail Centre Queenstown

Encompassing 14,000m², the four contemporary retail buildings are now home to leading retailers including Countdown, Briscoes Homeware, Rebel Sport, Warehouse Stationery, Number One Shoes, Supercheap Auto, ANZ Bank and Dick Smith Electronics.

Five Mile Retail Centre Queenstown Gateway

The complex will also eventually accommodate 800 carparks (including 250 underground) food operators, offices, serviced apartments and a child care centre.

Five Mile Retail Centre in Queenstown Gateway

Australasian design firm The Buchan Group was appointed by Queenstown Gateway Ltd in 2012 to complete architecture, master planning, interior and graphics works for the project, located beside Queenstown Airport.

Five Mile Retail Centre Queenstown

The site had been home to a 2.4ha hole created from a construction project that was abandoned when the previous developer was placed into receivership in 2008.

Five Mile Retail Centre Queenstown Gateway Building

The Buchan Group Principal David Thornton said the first stage of the Five Mile Retail Centre had finally created an inviting gateway to Queenstown from the eastern approach through to Frankton that locals could be proud of.

Five Mile Retail Centre Queenstown

“Our vision was to design a development befitting the region that reflected the unique characteristics of the stunning surrounding vistas,” he said.

Five Mile Retail Centre Queenstown

“This meant not only designing a modern retail centre that was appealing to locals and visitors, but also one that was suitably striking for one of the best locations in the Frankton and Shotover region.

Five Mile Retail Centre Queenstown

“The form, texture and colour of the buildings directly reflects the contrasting and rugged alpine landscape in the region – the jagged profile of the Remarkables against the skyline and the varying colours and shadows that they evoke throughout the day and the seasons.

Five Mile Retail Centre Queenstown

“As a result, the rooflines are angled and steeped, creating a sharp silhouette against the sky, the horizon, and shadows on adjacent buildings and on the ground.

Five Mile Retail Centre Queenstown

“The buildings also frame view shafts to Double Cone, Peninsula Hill, Cecil peak and Walter Peak, ensuring the development highlights these natural assets.”

Five Mile Retail Centre in Queenstown

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Queenstown, New Zealand, sits on the shores of the South Island’s Lake Wakatipu, set against the dramatic Southern Alps.

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand




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