Cultural Identity winner: City Rail Link Ltd by Jasmax + Grimshaw
City Rail Link (CRL) is a major future transport infrastructure project that will extend Auckland’s rail passenger network for the city. It is also New Zealand’s largest public art project. The project consists of two underground rail tunnels connecting three new stations to a reconfigured downtown area. The project is designed to be a powerful expression of indigenous cultural identity, reflecting Auckland’s unique identity as the largest Māori and Polynesian city in the world, and to create an authentic and globally recognisable image of the city for the future. The design is firmly rooted in the Māori Creation Story, and each new station will be identified by a unique artwork, representative of a Māori deity and inspired by the historic landforms and flora characteristic to each station site.