Bastion Shine 24 Spur Satellite Spark 5G Race Zone

  • Pou Auaha / Creative Directors
    Adam Jenkins - Executive Producer, Mick McConnell - Executive Creative Director, Rich Maddocks - Chief Creative Director
  • Ringatoi Matua / Design Director
    Danny Carlsen
  • Ngā Kaimahi / Team Members
    Shine—, Mike Ramsey, Kate Gilmour, Annabelle Pitkin, Adeline Marteil, James O’Connor, Spur—, Alistair Beckermann, Sam Darby, Justin Beckermann, Hao Tin Lin, Harriet Boyce, Satellite—, Nick Lowe, Darren Wood, Lauren Walsh, Dave Cooper, Rachel Worth, Matt Visser, Nico Caracciolo, Alice Cooper, Perceptual Engineering—, Jon Baxter, Puck Murphy, Olivier Jean, Cam Ballantyne, Taylor Hewetson, Buildmedia—, Gareth Ross, Tim Johnson, Vincent Vulliez, Jason Wong, James Hall, Alice Li, Matthew Atkinson, Isaac Gilich, Alex Coultas, Christopher Rahts, Novii—, Gray Borrell, India Thorp, Max Borrell, Ben Kamp, Joe Dawson
  • Kaitautoko / Contributors
    Emirates Team New Zealand, NIWA, Retail Dimensions, Digital Signage Solutions, Impact Interiors, Steve Boniface, Jono Parker, Supernormal, Angus Muir, Jeff Lau
  • Client
Judge's comments:

A clear and understood process of design that was purposefully communicated at every stage, resulting in an amazing final outcome.


Spark’s sponsorship of Emirates Team New Zealand presented the perfect platform to launch and show the Spark 5G network in action, whilst leveraging the nationwide momentum in rallying behind our team.

Spark 5G was able to make a tangible difference to New Zealand’s defence of the America’s Cup by deploying 5G on the Waitematā to stream thousands of real-time data points from their test boat straight to the design team, securing the most precious commodity in the America’s Cup – time.

This partnership also delivered on the challenge of making 5G real to New Zealanders. In collaboration with the engineers, agencies, designers and ETNZ crew, we built Spark 5G Race Zone – an immersive, multi-sensory experience that got New Zealanders closer to the America’s Cup than ever before.

Comprising seven different zones, people could feel, create and learn about 5G in the context of one of our national sports – sailing. The various experiences and simulators brought to life the different benefits of 5G – speed, low latency and mass connectivity, intersecting with sailing knowledge like tides, wind, foiling, boat design and getting to know the team members.

Presenting the original concept was an exercise in leveraging technology, to demonstrate just how much we planned to enhance the final experience.
We created a complex VR walkthrough, with different contributors re-rendering each of their planned tech experiences into the virtual space.

With 9 months of development and each partner tasked with a different aspect of the Race Zone reflecting their specialist skills, it was already an interesting proposal.

Each experience had its own considerations. With restrictions on movement and meetings due to Covid lockdowns, a single Google Slides document became a central repository for everything from design concepts, shop drawings, lighting plans and experimentation.

By collectively developing the plan we could create a complex technological environment of data visualisation, user interaction and experiences.

VR and spatial 3D walkthroughs were utilised at various stages, providing the client with clear expectations of how the guest journey of the interior environment would come to life.

High resolution renders were used to present colour, texture and way finding to ensure a clear narrative.

This enabled a unified approach between all the teams involved which resulted in a final outcome co-designed between client and agency from the concept to completion.