An artist's impression of the site includes a new roof-top viewing area above the platform. An artist's impression of the site includes a new roof-top viewing area above the platform. CREDIT: WCC

Upgrade Plans for the Top of the Cable Car

Tuesday 30 August 2011, 5:47PM
By Wellington City Council


Wellington Cable Car Ltd is planning to redevelop the Kelburn terminus next year and is keen to know what Wellingtonians think of the two designs being considered.

Construction is expected to start by May next year and be complete by September.
Bevin + Slessor Architects say their rib-like timber structure would provide a simple and elegant enclosure for the station and offer clear views to surrounding attractions, which would help visitors orientate themselves.

A subtle twist in the roof and wall is designed to "celebrate the drama of arrival and departure by cable car, creating a dynamic sculptural building that would capture the spirit and energy of Wellington".

Andrew Sexton Architecture views the site as open public space and their design proposes that the roof of the building and an internal viewing platform be an extension of that public area.

They say the form of the terminus draws inspiration from the geometry of the track, cable car and surrounding landforms.

"The roof of the main concourse is positioned at the incline of the track and the stepped roof terrace above reminiscent of the floor of the cable car."

For more information about the designs, go to the Wellington Cable Car website or check the displays at the Central Library, the Lambton Quay Cable Car terminus or the Skyline cafe.

Terminus Project - Wellington Cable Car website

Feedback is required by Monday 5 September 2011.

Feedback boxes and forms are available at the displays. You can also find the feedback forms online at:

Submission Form - Wellington Cable Car website

Alternatively, you can post your preference and thoughts on the designs to Wellington Cable Car Ltd, 30 Glover Street, Ngauranga, Wellington.