Marineland, once Napier’s iconic tourist destination, was disused and in disrepair. Somewhat isolated from the Napier CBD, the challenge of finding a viable new use for the building had proved a challenge for many years.
Relocating the existing waterfront skate park provided a chance to re-imagine the former Marineland site as a multifunctional space. This was achieved through re-cladding the existing grandstand, retaining its signature curved back wall, and repurposing the dolphin pools into skate bowls and rinks.
For the development to succeed, the connection to the rest of the City needed to be enhanced. The former car park was reduced in scale, thus creating more space which allowed for a public promenade to be developed; its form inspired by the motion of the waves and the flow of the skaters. Specific lookout platforms were designed pointing to the key markers; Mahia and, importantly, Cape Kidnappers (the hook of Maui.)
PMA worked in collaboration with landscape architects Boffa Miskil and local artist Jacob Scott to further add to the story of the design. Elements were implemented around the site such as driftwood inspired seating and rib like sunshades. Skating features spread down the promenade to once again engage with the multifunctional aspect of the design.