The proposal allows the Emirates New Zealand design and assembly team to manufacture and assembly the equipment required to compete in the Americas Cup event all under one roof. The manufacturing of the hull, mask, and rigging and assembly will all occur in assembly-line formation. The proposal attempts to establish a new paradigm of world-class yacht design; one that questions the traditional appeal of manufacuring facilities. The architecture and engineering is a reflection of the high-end, modern, and high-cost lifestyle of the yacht racing culture. The facility is a reflection of this need for a comprehensive built environment that satisifies the needs of both the private and public sectors. By combining the two sectors, the architecture is used to embrace the culture and public realm into the sport of yacht racing and inform the public. It also accomodates the public by accomodating event space, retail space, restaurants, and a yacht club. The new facility revolutionizes the idea of a manufacturing facility by promoting the sport itself through the architecture as an object of motion, world-class design, and technology.
Brandon E. Young