Auckland 1010, New Zealand
Tīramarama Way means to glimmer, shine and light the way and it is the name of the east to west laneway connecting Halsey, Daldy and Beaumont Street.
Prior to the reclamation of Wynyard Quarter, this location was near the original shoreline of the Waitematā Harbour and a mahinga kai (a food gathering place).
To represent the original shoreline of the waterfront, more than 480,000 dots are sandblasted into the laneway. Shining above is light display that maps out stars and constellations that are important to Māori astronomy, including Te Punga – Southern Cross, and Matariki.
Many of the laneway’s design features reflect a commitment to supporting sustainability, with burrow planters acting as small rain gardens, a real-life garden beneath the ground that allows the nikau grove and other greenery to flourish, and grooves carved into the laneway to form puddles that rise and fall with the tides.