The Viaduct to Silo Park: Concrete City

Walking across the bridge from Auckland Viaduct to Silo Park is an adventure in itself and a great way to spend the morning. Things start to get a bit less normal as you head from the bars and restaurants of Auckland's Viaduct towards the bridge that links it to Silo Park. You start to notice graphic design in places where it just normally isn't. The lead up to the bridge features some crazy typography on the tarmac...

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…and to keep the nautical link (Auckland is a harbor and the city of sails), there are crazy painted buoys around the place…

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The typography is linked to that on the events center and other buildings…

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There is a fairly-novel children’s playground and a bank of restaurants and cafes, which give the place a nice atmosphere, the clatter of crockery and the laughter of children.

My favorite thing and my reason for the visit is the disused concrete silos. The Silos were used for storing cement. Golden Bay Cement occupied what is now known as “The Six Pack”…

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….while Silo 7 was one of the tank farms that held vast amounts of the cement used to construct Auckland.

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There is also public art and other structures that you can see.

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Silo Park is one of my favorite places in Auckland. An amazing reclamation of industrial land converted into a wonderful public area, a place to have fun or relax, eat a good meal or play with the kids but most of all, a fantastic place to shoot architectural lomographs.

written by adam_g2000 on 2012-09-05 in #world #locations

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