This development was Westfield’s first new mall in New Zealand, as all its other properties had been purchased from other parties. As such, it provided the opportunity to make a bold design statement.With seven hectares of indoor space (142 shops and 2,300 car parks), this is New Zealand’s largest shopping centre. Tenants include Kmart and Farmers, boutique fashion shops and a 10-theatre cinema complex. The shopping centre also incorporates a 560-seat food court. The design of the mall breaks new ground in having its bars and restaurants opening onto outdoor thoroughfares and a north-facing plaza. This creates a connection to the community and helps avoid the ‘blank box sitting in a car park’ effect.