According to the Architectural Centre, in relation to the changing rooms, kiosk, jetty, boardwalk and landscaping:
An important example of how taken-for-granted and humble structures can be great architecture. It demonstrates the significance of pleasure and care in the everyday, especially in the superb handling of the light timber grid spanning the concrete block walls of the changing sheds. Buildings and landscape are interdependent and actively engage the public. The decision to set the level of the changing sheds low relative to the street astutely supports the separation of pedestrian and changing swimmers, and allows the view to remain an important and uninterrupted part of the the experience of Oriental Parade.
The townscape of Oriental Bay is unique in New Zealand with contributions to its architecture coming in phases since Victorian times. In the audio guide Tommy Honey reflects on what makes Oriental Bay special.Go to DayOut Audio Guides to download it.