The 22 hectare-reserve consist of five storm water wetlands. Wooden structures were erected next to three of these wetlands, reports Dezeen. The design is inspired by Maori basket weaving, well-known to the region and traditionally used to catch eels. However, not only does it have an aesthetic role, but it also helps to filter the water and creates space for plants to grow – including the reeds used by the Maori to weave the baskets.
The architectural firm behind the design, Isthmus, also created a play area and skateboarding area.
The announcement was made at the recent World Architecture Festival in Berlin.