The Canterbury landscape's striking diversity has inspired r+m's design that evokes the layers of the local landscape.
Canterbury's tectonic and climatic forces are represented on the Tuam Street side through the various level changes throughout the courtyard. The array of natural systems in Canterbury's diverse landscape provides a strong regional atmosphere in the public plaza.
r+m's design recognises Peter Scholer Park by retaining a number of its iconic characteristics, including a number of oak trees. In the carpark, in constructed rain gardens, stormwater is collected and cleaned to demonstrate sustainable processes.
Rocks representing the nine local iwi add a rich cultural layer to the site. The overall design has resulted in a high amenity urban space that is environmentally, socially, and culturally responsible.