QUEENSTOWN // NEW ZEALAND
Client: AJ Hackett Bungy
In 2004 AJ Hackett Bungy had undergone major extensions under Patterson Architects to provide an exciting interactive retail entrance and foyer to preview and postscript the Bungy experience off the adjacent Kawerau bridge.
While successful for those jumping, it was not so inviting for their families and friends who did not wish to jump but did want to come and share in the experience. A large domed retail cocoon dominated the steel and raw precast concrete interior and was enclosure to a ‘rocking’ floor experience which was not popular.
The proposal seeks to open up the raw interior by removing the cocoon and special floor, to introduce more space for visual and audio interactive experiences for those not jumping, to see ones progression from entry to centre, to watch others making the jump, their reactions down to the most detailed.
More interactive activities are proposed near the bridge outside for those who did not want to take the big jump, as well as external toilet facilities to cope with the huge numbers.