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EDUCATION James Cook University, Cairns An organic form designed to be covered with plants, the Cairns Institute connects with the verdant rainforest around it 10 Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China Inspired by an ornamental rock form, this university building houses four distinct disciplines behind its porous facade 18


Hobsonville Primary & Secondary Schools, Auckland With expansive studios and a central pedestrian spine, the contemporary design of these schools facilitates the way forward for our young students – enquiry-based learning 26 SCEGGS, Darlinghurst, Sydney Comprising almost half the floor area of the entire school, the new Joan Freeman Science Art and Technology Centre presents a bold focus for the campus 40


OFFICE INTERIORS Lithium, San Francisco A move across the bay presented an ideal opportunity for this social media marketing company to redefine the workplace to better reflect its core values and mission 48 Warner Music, Singapore With its lively mix of bright colours and natural materials, this hip new office has created a prototype for the Asia-Pacific region 54

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Avanti Finance, Auckland A profile of some of the key players involved in the fit-out of this recently completed 5-Star Green Star-rated office interior 62 A giant, flowing trellis hugs a skin of Corten steel on the Cairns Institute, part of James Cook University in Queensland. The trellis offers the opportunity to add plants in the future, blending the building with the nearby rainforest. Read the full story on pages 8-17. Photography by Christopher Frederick Jones


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OUTSIDE THE SQUARE Whether a figurehead or an organic addition to a campus, these academic projects offer an exciting response to their setting

Project The Cairns Institute James Cook University

Location: Cairns, Queensland

Architect: Woods Bagot in collaboration with RPA Architects

TROPICAL DISPOSITION An organic form designed to be covered with plants in time to come, the Cairns Institute connects with the verdant rainforest around it

Preceding pages and facing page:A giant, flowing trellis hugs a skin of Corten steel on the Cairns Institute, part of James Cook University in Queensland. The trellis offers the opportunity to add plants in the future, blending the building with the nearby rainforest. Below right:The framed foyer bisects the building’s functions and floods light into the interior.

The Cairns Institute is a research facility attached to James Cook University in Queensland, an academic body that aims to become one of the world’s leading research centres on the tropics. What better way to symbolise this goal than to create an eco-friendly building that embodies the spirit of the host landscape. The brief for the Cairns Institute called for three distinctly different, but related, components, says Mark Damant, project architect for Woods Bagot,

the firm that undertook the design of the facility. “Combining private teaching, research and work areas, the institute had to offer a dynamic, contemporary working environment that would attract specialists from around the world. “The building is formed around four main research groups and a management component. Requirements included teaching spaces of varying sizes, including a flexible 200-seat auditorium, as well as a café and expansive central foyer.”



Facing page and below:The pods are positioned on the side of the institute near the campus. Research rooms are on the quieter side of the building. An information wall and cantilevered glass-walled research spaces are two visual reminders of the building’s stock in trade. Below right:The lecture theatre is clad in the same rich Corten steel as on the building exterior.

The building’s architecture relates to both its setting and its use. The principle public elements are two Corten steel-clad concrete pods – one containing the auditorium, the other for multifunctional teaching spaces. Offices and research spaces are separated from these pods by the foyer, which can be accessed from two sides of the building. However, it is the distinctive combination of a giant trellis over the Corten metal skin which gives the building its immediate wow factor. “By super-sizing a trellis onto the building form we were able to create a design that reflects the combination of flora and ‘building’ as a symbiotic

relationship. The trellis as an armature allows for the ability for the building to have a direct, uncomplicated reference to the rainforest which surrounds the building on three sides. It is also intended to assist with sun control and in the future, camouflage the building within the landscape, once planted. “In this way, the trellis becomes a place for experimentation on the building itself, creating a visual representation of its context.” The central foyer has been set up as a space between functions, much like the interstitial spaces found in living things.



Below:Acoustic panels in the lecture theatre continue a theme of elements being stronger than the sum of their individual parts.





“One of our central ideas was to create a building that anyone passing through could engage with. We designed a ‘knowledge wall’ that is an interface between the workspaces and the foyer. “This wall is a steel-framed grid that can be occupied and used in many different ways. It features a series of cantilevered and suspended work spaces that project into the foyer, offering students and visitors alike the ability to see research in progress, and knowledge being created.” As well as providing breathing space between the various functions of the building, the foyer also

helps bring privacy to various elements. The café is also accessed off this foyer. The interior finishes are based on the concept of the weaving together of strands – where the whole is more than the sum of the individual parts. “Essentially, we wanted the interior volumes to relate to the research and to be identifiable places rather than simply workspace,” Damant says. save | share | video | plan | images Search 43176 at

Below:The Institute’s dramatic facade comes to life at night, when the contrast between its Corten skin and the oversized aluminium trellis is accentuated by dramatic ground lighting.

Project:The Cairns Institute, James Cook University, Smithfield, Qld Architect:Woods Bagot, with lead architect Mark Damant; in collaboration with RPA Architects Interior designers:Woods Bagot, Bronwyn McColl Construction, design manager and managing contractor:Hansen Yuncken Civil engineer:Flanagan Consulting Group Mechanical and electrical engineer, energy efficiency rating consultant:Ashburner Francis Hydraulic engineer:H2O Consultants Quantity surveyor:Beacon Consulting Landscaping:Andrew Prowse Landscape Architect AV Consultant:B&H Australia

Acoustic engineer:Ron Rumble Pty Ltd DDA consultant:Architecture and Access Cladding:Teaching and lecture pods are site-cast tilt-up structural concrete with bespoke Xlerplate steel screen Roofing:Trapezoidal profile Colorbond Steel in Surfmist Facade:G James aluminium-framed glazed curtain walling in 650-500 series with Eclipse Advantage grey glass Flooring:Natural finish honed concrete Custom joinery:Hoop pine and spotted gum crown-cut veneer, by Woods Bagot Fans Big Ass Fans Story by Charles Moxham Photography by Christopher Frederick Jones

SCHOLAR’S STONE Inspired by an ornamental rock form, this university building houses four distinct disciplines behind its porous facade

Project Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University Administration Information Building

Location: Suzhou Industrial Park, Jiangsu

In a country noted for its rich cultural history and increasingly adventurous cityscapes, it makes sense that a new addition to an international university campus would reference the past and at the same time celebrate the excitement of the new. Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University was jointly founded by Xi’an Jiaotong University China and the University of Liverpool UK. The new Xi’an JiaotongLiverpool University Administration Information Building designed by architectural firm Aedas is the figurehead for the campus, which is set on the Suzhou Industrial Park, says design director on the project Andy Wen. “Given its prominence on the new campus, this building needed a design that would be exciting yet thoughtful. The strong cuboid shape with its dramatic cutouts took inspiration from the Taihu stone, sometimes referred to in China as the scholar’s stone – this rock is much like limestone, but with characteristic pores and holes that are formed by erosion over time. “For the Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University Administration Building, the gaps and holes of the Taihu stone are transformed into a void structure with pedestrian spaces that link up the various disciplines and provide places for interaction.



Architect: Aedas

“The building houses four distinct entities: an administration centre, a learning and resource centre, a training centre and a student activities centre,” says Wen. “These interlock within the building, much like a 3-D puzzle. Having different roles, these entities required separation as well as connection, and the voids perform this function as well. Three of the four centres have their own dedicated entrances into the building.” “Another reference for the building is the traditional walled courtyard or siheyuan. Here the internal gathering points created by the voids are a translation of the internal sheltered courtyard. The differing heights of the voids create a threedimensional garden within the structure.” In addition to its academic significance within the university – the building is adjacent to the two main promenade axes within the campus – the Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University Administration Building stands as a symbol for architectural sustainability in education. “The voids bring natural light into the heart of the building and help occupants engage with the surroundings through the many open-air spaces. The largest of these is the garden farm, situated on the base podium from which the cube rises.”

Preceding pages:A shining symbol of modern education in China, the new Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University Administration Building offers degree programmes in three disciplines. The design is by international architects Aedas. Below and following pages:The building’s distinctive design was modelled on the porous, weathered nature of the Taihu stone, often called the scholar’s stone. The void structures facilitate interdisciplinary connections, draw fresh air and natural light into the building, and make for a sculpturally arresting internal aesthetic. Right:Louvres, curtainwall cutaways and the external opening to the central voids are all designed to optimise passive control over the elements.

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“The voids play an integral role in the building’s passive energy design,” says Wen. “Complex 3-D modelling programmes meant we were able to precisely sculpt the interior voids to optimise fresh air flow through the heart of the building. These are situated on the southeast face to encourage natural ventilation to flow through the interior during the summertime, while the solid northwest face blocks the prevailing cold winds during winter.” The laboratories are located on the light-filled east side and the classrooms to the north. The horizontal lines of corrugated louvres and exterior cutaways on the curtain wall, much like chips off a Taihu stone, both control diffused light

and help reduce solar heat gain – another form of passive control that keeps running costs down. “Despite its complex, exciting visual presence, the building has a traditional, earthquake-proofed form,” says the design director. “With its cuboid shapes that acknowledge a more conservative past, and fluid internal lines that reference modern educational ideas, the new administration building is an appropriate gathering place for students and staff.” save | share Search 43169 at

Left:A view up past the podium level shows the central void open to the sky. The corrugated louvres help animate the facade. Right Set beside a meeting point of two key axes in the university, the Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University Administration Building is a progressive, high-rise addition to the campus skyline.

Project:Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University Administration Information Building, Suzhou Industrial Park, Jiangsu, China Architect:Andy Wen PhD Arch, M Arch, BA Arch, Aedas; design team: Larry Wen, Johnson Ma and Kevin Wang; David Fung, Kevin Yan and Hui Liu; Dongwei Wang, Jingjing Cao, Lily Xin and Anthony Ruan Consultants:AFP International, Lead Dao Technology and Engineering Construction:Shenyang Yuanda Aluminum Industry Engineering Mechanical, electrical and structural engineer Suzhou Institute of Architectural Design 24


Facade cladding:Perforated aluminium louvres, glazed curtain wall, zinc panels Architecture modelling:Grasshopper, Autocad, Rhino Awards:Gold Winner, Best Chinese Futura Project of MIPIM Asia Awards 2012; Gold Award, Best Design Award of China’s Outstanding Architectural Design & Planning Award 2011; Four-star Architecture Award China of Asia Pacific Commercial Property Awards 2009 Story by Charles Moxham Photography by Marcus Oleniuk

Project Hobsonville Point Primary and Secondary Schools

Location: Hobsonville, Auckland

Architect: ASC Architects

STREET OF KNOWLEDGE With expansive studios and a central pedestrian spine, the contemporary design of these schools facilitates the way forward for our young students – enquiry-based learning



Below:Hobsonville Secondary School, by ASC Architects, comprises a long, simple form with several large, multiuse studio teaching environments. The entry is at one end, to the right of the modern gymnasium. To bring visual interest to the building, the architects manipulated shape, scale and colour. The angled rooftop cowlings conceal plant.

Education in New Zealand is undergoing a dramatic change for the better. In line with internationally accepted best practice, gone are strict subject divisions and separation of students by age. Today the emphasis is on an holistic, enquiry-based learning approach, where a single project can encompass several disciplines, older students mentor younger ones, and teachers act as involved facilitators, and lead by example. With such a radical rethink of how best to grow young minds comes the need for an architecture that will support it – and the new Hobsonville Primary and Secondary Schools, designed by ASC Architects, provide two textbook cases.

Ministry of Education head of education infrastructure Kim Shannon says the Ministry is actively pursuing school design which creates modern learning environments for students. “Our vision is for all schools to place the student at the centre of learning,” she says. “We want to create more flexible, comfortable spaces, to support innovative and imaginative teaching methods.” Project architect John Sofo says the schools are the result of a Public Private Partnership (PPP) between Learning Infrastructure Partners (LIP) and the Ministry to create the first PPP new schools in New Zealand. The LIP consortium includes ASC Architects and Hawkins Construction, among others.



LIP tendered to design, build and maintain the schools, leasing them back to the government to take over ownership after 25 years. “Several factors contributed to us winning this project, notably the design – which pro-actively supports this best-practice form of education, the ability to keep costs down, and the ability to deliver a 5 Green Star-built rating,” says Sofo. While the primary school was built first, the two schools share a design philosophy, architectural forms and a similar material palette. Hobsonville Secondary School was designed to maximise efficiency in terms of construction and the goal of enquiry-based learning. The school is



a long, linear building with several large studios and ancillary spaces. Extensive additional facilities include a state-of-the-art gymnasium and sports centre, sophisticated ablution amenities and a cafeteria, together with some options more often seen in a tertiary environment, such as recording studios, dance rehearsal spaces and music practice rooms. Connecting all these spaces and facilities is a pedestrian spine, called the Street of Knowledge. “The expansive studios encourage students of different ages to work together and are designed to hold around 90 students at a time – the optimum number for effective interaction with others without losing focus,” says Sofo. “With a project such as a

Below left:In a school that treats young students as future adults, the cafeteria provides a breakout space for pupils and staff. Below and facing page:The diagram shows the zigzag nature of the ‘street of knowledge’, or circulation spine. Complex lighting and skylights ensure the heart of the building is bathed in natural light.

Facing page:This science studio can accommodate 90 students at one time – the optimum number for effective large-group learning. Breakout spaces are used when smaller groups of students are appropriate. Below:The multiuse performing arts studio is equipped to professional standards.

trip to Mars, for example, an enquiry-based learning approach would involve science, mathematics, history and language. The aim is to give students a rounded perspective and a learning approach they can use throughout their lives.” Glass-fronted staff areas are adjacent to the studios, so students can see teachers at their own work, leading by example. The students are treated like young adults in many ways. Spaces for relaxation and socialising are provided, creating a sense of home outside the learning environments. “As part of the quest for sustainability and the essential Green Star rating, the school has a relatively simple, cost-effective build form – the savings were used provide a level of facility and

finish not previously seen in a secondary school environment,” says the architect. “Structurally, a regular grid maximises the span of roofing purlins, limiting the number of internal columns to facilitate the large studio spaces required. The school building’s internal partitioning is built almost independently of the outer structure. This is also a sustainable attribute, allowing flexibility for future change at minor additional expense. The external cladding is concrete and colour form steel – materials that are inexpensive, and with colour integral, avoid the need for painting and repainting. To animate the long form, scale, colour and visual relief were used. A single, dramatic wraparound roof form covers the gym, while red roof cowlings provide interest and conceal plant.



“Every possible sustainable, Green Star attribute was addressed. For example, the central spine has a four-fold lighting system that includes skylights and sensor dimming lights to create a healthy daytime environment despite the building size,” Sofo says. The Hobsonville Primary School, finished first, is very similar in concept, design and materials, but naturally everything is scaled back to a proportion where small children feel safe, not overwhelmed. “These schools present the way forward for education in New Zealand, in terms of learning style and respect for the environment,” Sofo says.



“However, they teach the children to respect the past as well as to look to the future. The secondary school follows the lines of an old seaplane runway at Hobsonville Airport, which used to be the flying boat base for the air force. School sectors are named with the phonetic alphabet used in aviation – for example, Alpha Foxtrot – and there are even landing lights at the end of the school grounds.” save | share | plan | images Search 43496 at

Below:Hobsonville Primary School, built first, is a smaller but almost identical learning facility. Below far right:Reminders of the site’s past as part of Hobsonville Airport are dotted through the schools, right down to the graphics at the bus stop.

Project:Hobsonville Primary and Secondary Schools, Hobsonville, Auckland Architect:John Sofo, ASC Architects Developer:Learning Infrastructure Partnership Construction:Hawkins Construction Civil engineer:Tonkin & Taylor Mechanical and electrical engineer:AECOM Quantity surveyor:WT Partnership Fire consultant Holmes Fire Landscaping Isthmus Cladding:PBS Eterpan through Colourboard, Dimond Roofing:Dimond DD630 Facade design and construction:Livefirm, Kiwi Roofing, Framerite Installations

Window and door joinery:Framerite Hardware:Hardware Direct Handrails:Designer Stainless Flooring:Flotex, Jacobsen and Tarkett vinyl, Shaw Contract Group, Master Kelwin Wall coverings:Asona Ceiling:Asona, from Apex Paints and varnishes:Resene Lighting:Logix, Superlux, Clipsal C-Bus, from Callander Heating and cooling:Express Metalwork, Direct Control, Panasonic, Mitsubishi, At Source, Avon Story by Charles Moxham Photography by Jamie Cobel



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WHAT LIES BENEATH To underpin the rooflines of the Hobsonville Primary and Secondary Schools, precision steel skeletons were built by George Grant Engineering Above:Similar steel portal frames manufactured and erected by George Grant Engineering provide structural strength for Hobsonville Primary and Secondary Schools.

Built to allow internal flexibility and to save costs, the steel portal frames in the Hobsonville schools followed a relatively simple form – but at the same time, the sculptural roof lines required an extremely high level of engineering dexterity. George Grant Engineerin built and erected the steel portal frames for both schools, including the internal frames for the roof cowlings on the primary school, says commercial manager Cameron Delacey. “Over 220 tonnes of structural steel went into the primary school and 500 tonnes into the secondary school, making this the largest education project we have worked on,” says Delacey. “The project was relatively straightforward, except where the frame meets the angled roof lines. This took

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Project College of Business and Law, University of Canterbury

Location: Christchurch

Architect: Warren and Mahoney

BEST FOOT FORWARD The designers behind the refit of the College of Business and Law at the University of Canterbury specified a Tandus Slant Supergraphics carpet tile for its shifting pattern and texture

Above:Tandus Slant carpet tiles from the Supergraphics series were specified for the College of Business and Law at the University of Canterbury. This carpet tile has a distinctive, textural pattern that will keep its good looks for years to come. Tandus tiles are also a sustainable option – they are manufactured from eco-friendly materials.

Many Christchurch buildings are getting a new lease of life following the 2011 earthquakes. And, as businesses refurbish, they are taking the opportunity to improve on what went before. The College of Business and Law at the University of Canterbury is a case in point. The building is gradually being refurbished, and many offices are now back in business with new fit-outs. Warren and Mahoney Architects, the design team responsible for the project, specified Tandus Slant carpet tiles from the Supergraphics series for the project. This tile has a unique shifting pattern that creates a distinctive, textural flooring well suited to spaces of varying sizes.

Durability is also assured – the tiles have a long life and are easy to maintain. They are also easily replaced if need be. And Tandus tiles are an environmental choice – they are manufactured from eco-friendly materials. Floorspace is the sole New Zealand distributor of Tandus products. For more information, contact Floorspace Ltd, 31 Olive Rd, Penrose, Auckland, ph +64 9 582 0070. Email: Website: save | share Search 42877 at





Project Sacred Heart College Performing Arts Auditoriim

Location: Lower Hutt

Architect: Opus Architecture

STANDING OVATION Multicoloured acoustic pleating, a colourful proscenium arch and side walls featuring Resene paints enliven this new performing arts auditorium Above:Resene paints feature throughout the Sacred Heart College Performing Arts Auditorium. The architectural specifier was Opus Architecture, the acoustic consultant Marshall Day and painting contractor First Choice Decorators. Photography by Michael Heydon

Modern performing arts venues are high-tech spaces, and this new venue at Sacred Heart College is no exception. New and existing facilities were combined to create a 600-seat Performing Arts Auditorium with many special features, which include seismic isolation, a sprung, flat floor and fixed raked seating. The side walls of the auditorium are pleated to minimise sound flutter across the space. This pleating has been articulated by a multitonal palette of Resene Half Tuna (steel grey), Resene Tuna (resolute grey), Resene Double Tuna (deep grey), Resene Half Stack (sandy grey) and Resene Breakfree (bold red). These tones complement the timber handrails, beech flooring and matai acoustic panelling, and signal the school colours and tradition. To add colour and interest to the foyer, the existing faceted Hardiflex walls were repainted using a multitoned pattern of aqua blues, notably Resene Hullabaloo (bright blue green), Resene Fountain Blue (water blue) and Resene Morning Glory (watery blue). In the Bellevue foyer, panels were painted in situ.

Resene Lustacryl semi-gloss waterborne enamel was specified in Resene Livewire (deep ruby red), Resene X Factor (blue red), Resene Breakfree (bold red) and Resene Courage (earth brown.) General interior areas are finished in Resene Wan White, with doors and exposed steelwork in Resene Fuscous Grey (charcoal grey). The project has won a Resene Total Colour Education Colour Maestro Award. The judges praised the auditorium’s “striking sense of warmth. The juxtaposition of colour is entirely appropriate for this project. In this environment you don’t want the colour to be overly powerful, but the palette picks up the school colours without being overdone. It is delightful, with a great focus on the space and colours used.” For more information, or to pick up a fandeck, visit a Resene ColorShop or freephone 0800 RESENE (737 363) Website: save | share Search 42871 at



Project Joan Freeman Science Art and Technology Centre; interim library

Location: SCEGGS Darlinghurst, NSW

Architect: TKD Architects

FACE OF CHANGE Comprising almost half the floor area of the entire SCEGGS Darlinghurst school, the new Joan Freeman Science Art and Technology Centre presents a bold focus for the campus

Introducing a substantial academic complex into the heart of a busy inner-city school can be a tricky ask – particularly when the site is constrained and academic life has to flow on uninterrupted. The Joan Freeman Science Art and Technology Centre by TKD Architects is a continuation of the SCEGGS Darlinghurst 2020 masterplan set up in 1999, says project architect Robert Denton. “A number of factors helped shape the building, including the need to dovetail with neighbouring buildings in terms of aesthetic accord and privacy,”



says Denton. “The Centre also had to provide a central focus for the school, direct student flow through to the heart of the campus, and locate individual departments on single levels or in proximity so common facilities could be shared easily.” In response to these factors, TKD Architects created a four-storey concrete building with two levels of underground parking. The project was undertaken in stages so school life could continue. The Centre has two above-ground elements, a four-level and a two-level structure, with a central

These pages:The new Joan Freeman Science Art and Technology Centre at SCEGGS Darlinghurst has brought the school’s science, technology and art departments together in one light-filled building. A concrete framework on the St Peter’s Street facade is echoed by a similar but free-standing element on the roof garden at level three.

Facing page:Divide and rule – the central corridor that bisects the building at levels one and two floods light down into the broad floorplates. A bridge from the uppermost art department levels across to the Centenary Sports Hall is seen through the skylight. Below right:This third-level art studio looks out across the rooftop courtyard to the city. Setting the art classrooms on the top levels ensured they benefited from maximum light.

corridor forming a division at levels one and two. Organisation and separation of the departments and facilities is as follows. Level one comprises a 254-seat tiered lecture hall, four Technology and Applied Studies (TAS) workshops and computer laboratory; level two has six science labs and a centralised staff area. Six new art studios, with storage areas, are on levels three and four. Level three also has a cafeteria that opens out to a rooftop courtyard. This level also connects to the adjacent Centenary Sports Hall. “Served by long skylights, the circulation corridor floods light into the expansive level one and two floorplates and extends the school’s established pedestrian spine, connecting the eastern St Peter’s Precinct through to the heart of the SCEGGS campus,” says Denton. The Joan Freeman Science Art and Technology Centre both acts as a new figurehead for the school and at the same time responds sympathetically to its neighbours, both on campus and off. The principle building massing is to the eastern,

St Peter’s Street side of the block, which is an internal part of the campus. Angled blade frames stand proud of the facade on this, the main entry side of the centre, creating architectural interest and directing views. Timber inserts bring contrasting warmth to the concrete frames, while the glazed entry to the spine corridor adds further prominence. As well as creating an appropriate visual focus, the building also fits with its surroundings. The brick-faced facade here connects with the brick facade of the adjacent Wilkinson House, for example. To the north, where the building looks over private residences, it has been stepped back by 10m – reducing the effects of overshadowing and increasing privacy. “In accordance with SCEGGS requirements, the Joan Freeman Science Art and Technology Centre incorporates a number of environmental initiatives, including natural ventilation and daylighting, use of thermal mass and night-time purging as well as rainwater collection,” says Denton. “Energy- and water-efficient fittings are included throughout.”



With so many classes and laboratories gathered together in the new centre, some spaces became available for reuse. Another part of TKD Architects ongoing work was the comprehensive refurbishment of the existing primary and secondary school libraries. Both of these facilities expanded into former science and TAS classrooms. “The secondary school library was completely refurbished, doubling its original floor area,” says Denton. “At the heart of the library, a mezzanine floor was constructed around a double-height

space to create an atrium with an undulating wood veneer ceiling. A number of new learning spaces resulted from the expansion, including a multimedia library with private edit studio booths. The primary school library expansion was designed to embrace a leafy courtyard setting. save | share Search 43210 at

These pages:Teaching spaces made redundant by the new building have been appropriated for other uses. The architects extended and upgraded the SCEGGS Darlinghurst secondary school library by integrating the existing library with a large disused laboratory. A curved veneer ceiling is a feature of the new mixed-media facility.

Project Joan Freeman Science Art and Technology Centre, SCEGGS, Darlinghurst, NSW Architecture and interior design:Tanner Kibble Denton Architects; project architect Robert Denton Construction:Denham Constructions Civil engineer:Mott MacDonald Mechanical and electrical engineer:Medland Metropolis, JHA Consulting Engineers, Engineering Partners Quantity surveyor:Bay Partnership Earthworks:Ace Demolition Landscaping:Lorna Harrison Pty, Precision Landscapes Fire consultant:RawFire, Austra Tronics 44


Roofing:Lysaght Longline 303, Laserlite Apollo Cladding:Fundermix Exterior HPL Panels, Alucobond composite panels, Acrogem sandstone Facade:Bowral Blue by Austral Bricks; Boral Besser Standard Masonry Bricks, Acrogem sandstone Flooring:Interface Flor, Flotex sheet, Forbo Marmoleum, Altro KR12-30 Furniture:Camatic Lecture Theatre Seating Story by Charles Moxham Photography by Michael Nicholson (exteriors), Sarah Roland (interiors)


LASTING IMPRESSION Modern office design makes a strong statement about a company’s culture, its branding and its client base

Project Lithium office

Location: San Francisco

Interior designer: Huntsman Architectural Group

LIKE US ONLINE A move across San Francisco Bay presented an ideal opportunity for this social media marketing company to redefine the workplace to better reflect its core values and mission

While most modern office interiors celebrate a company’s core culture, few turn that around to make a similar statement about their clients’ business. But this is exactly what the new Lithium corporate headquarters in San Francisco does – the fit-out recognises the importance of the client base and the need to make this the focus of attention. Sascha Wagner, principal of Huntsman Architectural Group says the social media marketing company wanted to highlight its clients’ success stories, not just its own. “The new space certainly needed to embody Lithium’s own business goals and cultural make-up with a strong brand identity, but it was important this didn’t overwhelm visitors. We needed to achieve a balance between Lithium’s own identity and that of its clients.” The solution was to fully integrate technology into the fit-out, with large media walls allowing



graphics to be changed at the touch of a button. Other large graphic displays and television screens throughout the building can also be programmed with client branding. At other times the monitors display Lithium’s in-house performance metrics and news about company events or employees. Lithium’s own visuals have helped to create the high-impact interior, which Wagner describes as a restrained palette of shapes, colours and graphics. “We wanted to capture the playfulness of the corporate colours – fuchsia pink, orange, blue and green. But we translated these very carefully, introducing the colours as bold accents in carpets and furniture, with a neutral, grey backdrop.” Wagner says it was also important to highlight the historic nature of the brick building, which is one of the oldest high-rises in San Francisco – it was once the tallest building west of the Mississippi River.

Preceding pages and below: Guests are made to feel especially welcome in this new reception area, thanks to a large media wall that is programmed with client branding. Lithium, a social media marketing company, added its own corporate branding with punches of bright colour in the furnishings. Below left and right:The new Lithium office is in one of the oldest and tallest high-rise brick buildings in San Francisco. Traditional elements have been retained around the building core. The lift lobby features the original marble panelling. The family room (right) has a decorative tin ceiling and traditional moulding.

“The building has undergone a complete transformation. Layers of plaster, woodwork and ornamentation have been peeled back to reveal the original structure. Around the perimeter, for example, the plaster has been removed to expose the original brickwork and raw concrete.” Wagner says a decision was made to reference the traditional elements around the core, where the lifts and entry are positioned. “This was a way to pay homage to the building’s history. The lift lobby and a casual seating area we call the family room both feature traditional detailing, with crown moulding, panelling and chandeliers. The lift lobby still has its original marble panelling, and the family room has a decorative, painted tin ceiling. “As you get further away from this core, the look gradually gets more modern and the technology is exposed. Because it is an old building, the floorplates are relatively shallow, so there is plenty of natural light flooding into the office. The windows are all operable, and there are radiators right around the perimeter, which we have enclosed.”



One challenge the design team faced was the a number of small service rooms around the core, which included a janitor’s closet and rooms for mechanical services. These all featured doors of different sizes and styles. “The area was a mess of old building utilities, and nothing matched, but we still needed to provide access to these services. Our solution was to cover the entire area with a series of sliding graphic screens. These are covered in bold branding messages, which can be changed out easily as required. The screens are on wheels, so they can be rolled to one side when someone needs to access the rooms behind.” To provide total flexibility, the new workplace features a variety of work environments, ranging from private to highly collaborative, from low to high tech, and from casual to formal. Staff can easily reconfigure furniture, and spaces convert from “heads down” to “social” with simple devices such as draperies, furniture screens or sliding panels. “There are areas where people can collaborate, including glass-walled conference rooms,

Below:Writable walls feature throughout the office. Top right:Exposed brickwork highlights the historic aspect of the building, which was once the tallest high-rise west of the Mississippi River. The boardroom incorporates extra seating on the perimeter. Lower right:Like a home away from home, this meeting room can be used for informal meetings and audiovisual presentations to clients.

Left:Workers are encouraged to use all the work areas, which include glass-walled meeting rooms, individual workstations and a central hub (lower). This features café-style tables and chairs, and tiered bench seating against the wall. The space is often used for team meetings. Below:Colourful mobile screens conceal an unattractive services area. Story by Colleen Hawkes Photography by Anthony Lindsey

communal tables, and niches with bench seats for two people. These are strategically placed around the office so there is always a place close by where people can sit and talk. In some areas, ceiling tiles conceal the exposed services, and provide acoustic privacy. Similarly, there is film on glass-walled meeting rooms, so although they are translucent and light filled, there is still a degree of privacy.” Approximately 60% of the walls are writable surfaces. They have been treated with a clear layer of Wink paint, so messages can be left, just like on a whiteboard. Wagner acknowledges that the intent of the pendant lighting, casual lounge furniture, café-style

central hub and colourful rugs was to soften the office so it is not a purely commercial space. “Essentially, it is a blended mix of residential, hospitality and commercial aesthetics, and this reflects the way the spaces are used, and the emphasis given to work-life balance,” he says. “Part of the design brief was the need to create a place that people would enjoy spending time in – attracting and retaining staff are key priorities for every modern business. For our team, it is always exciting to be part of a design process that impacts on the essence of a client’s business. We often say a company’s culture influences the workplace, but the workspace can also influence the culture.”

Project:Lithium office, San Francisco Interior designer:Huntsman Architectural Group, project team – principal-in-charge Sascha Wagner, senior designer David Meckley, project architect Greg Dumont, designer Kate O’Rourke, junior designer Nicole Everett Construction company:Skyline Construction Mechanical engineer:AWA Associates Electrical engineer:McMillan Electric Co Furniture vendor:Inside Source/Young Door joinery:Minton Door with Schlage hardware Blinds:MechoShade Wall tiles:Clif Interlocking Rock panels from Modular Arts Carpet tiles:Lithium custom by Tandus Flooring; Interface Flor Catering area flooring:Forbo Marmoleum in Piano Custom graphic on magnetic vinyl:Design by Lithium, printing by Essence Printing Tin ceiling:American Tin Ceiling Company

Paints and varnishes:Sherwin-Williams; Wolf Gordon Wink Lighting: Focal Point; Kurt Versen, Finelite, Litecontrol, Vode, Spectrum Lighting, Inc, Lampa: Reception pendants:Moooi Reception desk and credenza:Mash Studios custom Boardroom table:Mash Studios Family room:Chesterfield sofa by Restoration Hardware; Bourgie table lamp by Kartell Meeting rooms:CIJI three-seater by Gunlocke; Natural Tree Stump side tables by West Elm; Peekaboo Clear coffee table and credenza by CB2; Millbrae bench seating by Coalesse Space dividers:Hedge by Allsteel Workstations:Allsteel Stride with custom panels save | share | images Search 43173 at



Project Warner Music

Location: Singapore

Interior designer: Forward 50

COOL VIBE With its lively mix of bright colours and natural materials, this hip new office for Warner Music has created a prototype for the Asia-Pacific region

Downsizing an office space can have a very positive spin-off, especially when a firm maximises the opportunity to reinvent the workplace. When Warner Music in Singapore moved to new, smaller premises, the company saw it as an opportunity to create a whole new vibe that would be relevant to the future of the industry. Designer Christopher Kwek of Forward 50, the company commissioned to design the premises, says Warner Music requested a space that would emphasise the hip, creative nature of the business. “The office design also needed to reflect the collaborative culture of the workplace, which has a flat corporate structure,” Kwek says. “And it needed to be a lively, friendly and comfortable work environment, with plenty of youthful exuberance. “After an extensive dialogue with the firm, it was decided that since music is always changing and innovating, the design should avoid clichéd music motifs and symbols. Instead, we put the focus on tactile materials – Warner Music wanted its new office to feel more like a warehouse than a conventional office.” Kwek says another key challenge was to incorporate this design brief into a significantly



smaller space of 171m2, compared to the 371m2 of the previous office. Opting for a free-flowing, openplan space was a way to meet both objectives – it maximises the space and provides a collaborative, non-hierarchical workplace. To enhance the sense of a warehouse space, the palette of materials includes cement-rendered floors and walls, brick walls, recycled railway sleepers, steel, glass and stone. The railway sleepers form a bold, textural wall at the entry, with a large cut-out providing a glimpse into the colourful world of the office beyond. “An element of environmental consciousness was factored into the design,” says Kwek. “The railway sleepers were recycled from Sri Lanka. Some of the furniture is also recycled – the bar table was custom made from African mahogany logs pruned and salvaged by the Singapore National Parks Board; and the conference room table was made from recycled Indonesian tigerwood. We also added genuine vintage chairs to complement the modern designer furniture.” Unexpected colour accents enliven the neutral backdrop. There are doors painted in different colours, including bright yellow, green and red.

Below:Walls made from bricks and recycled railway sleepers enhance the warehouse feel of the new Warner Music office in Singapore. A cutout allows a glimpse into the office beyond. Right:Mixing the old with the new – a television is mounted within a suspended fireplacestyle surround made from stainless steel. This area is a casual seating zone where staff can participate in brainstorming sessions.

Below:Meeting rooms and the general manager’s office are fully glazed but can be closed off when required.





Top left:The Warner Music office has a very open layout. Many of the staff are positioned at 120° boomerang-style workstations. Walls and the flooring are rendered concrete, punctuated with bright colour accents on the doors. Lower left:Bright green synthentic grass enlivens the balcony, which is an alternative breakout zone for workers.

Other pops of colour can be seen in a bright red rug and an orange Smeg ’50s-style refrigerator. And a television mounted within a suspended fireplace-style stainless steel surround adds a fun, quirky touch. The team introduced areas where staff could meet away from the workstations. “From studying the way the company works, it was apparent that the staff frequently work closely together on projects, rather than individually,” says Kwek. “We therefore included casual discussion zones where people can hang out. “To further encourage staff collaboration, the marketing, sales and support staff were positioned in a 120° boomerang cluster of workstations, with no panels between them. Department heads and the finance team sit on the other side of the open space, but in larger workstations, with their backs to the walls, to provide a degree of privacy.” The designer says the meeting room and the general manager’s office, which need to be closed from time to time, were framed in steel and glass to retain a sense of transparency.

“Two breakout zones were also allocated. The main area was designed to feel like a living room. With a television to share online videos, a pantry, island bar counter and a discussion board, it’s perfect for creative brainstorming sessions. Another breakout area was created on the balcony, which is ideal for more intimate discussions, and for staff to stretch and step away from the work area.” Kwek says the company eliminated individual stereo systems, and introduced a piped-in system. “A Spotify station on the bar table is used to programme the playlist for the day, with staff taking turns to choose the music. This indirectly encourages interaction, and broadens each staff member’s music consumption.” The designer says the new office also reflects the changing nature of the business. There is no CD/ DVD storage, and staff are encouraged to store all content via cloud networks. Kwek says the project, which will serve as a prototype for other Warner Music offices in the Asia-Pacific region, was shortlisted in the 2013 Herman Miller Asia Pacific Liveable Office Award.

Project:Warner Music, Singapore Interior designer:Christopher Kwek, Forward 50 Pte Ltd (Singapore) Flooring:Interface Paints:Nippon Paint Workstations:Office Planner Pte Ltd Refrigerator:Smeg

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Macrosuede速 Macrosuede, withstands the tests of time.

Project Western District Employment Access head office

Location: Ballarat

Architectural designer: Designers by Nature – Dean Pickens Designs; interiors by Annmaree Kane

OPTIMISM ABOUNDS The new premises housing the head office of the Western District Employment Access is a fresh, inspiring environment, thanks to the lively Resene colour palette

Moving into a purpose-built head office has many spin-offs for workers. It often means people from different locations can get together under one roof, and it means every aspect of the interior has been planned to suit the company’s operation and its culture. The new head office of the Western District Employment Access (WDEA) in South West Victoria was designed with all this in mind, by the Warrnambool-based firm Designers by Nature – Dean Picken Designs. The interior was designed in house by Annmaree Kane. Resene paints feature throughout the building, with the colour scheme reflecting the WDEA logo and corporate branding. A fresh green and a slightly burnt orange were added to the blue and grey of the existing WDEA branding, to represent the various arms of the business – Employment, Enterprise and Community. Feature walls are painted in Resene Chameleon (green), Resene Hazard (orange) and Resene Lure (blue), while the subtle greys are provided by Resene Sea Fog, Resene Concrete and Resene Triple Concrete. The feature colours are also picked up in the joinery, upholstery, glass film and screen fabrics, ensuring a fully co-ordinated look. A variety of Resene products was used in the project, including Resene SpaceCote, Resene Lustacryl and Resene Ceiling Paint. In keeping with the sustainable design criteria, the paints are Environmental Choice approved and low in VOCs. For further information or to obtain a copy of the latest fandeck, contact Resene, phone tollfree 1800 738 383 or visit a Resene ColorShop or Reseller. Website: save | share Search 42872 at

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HEARTS AND MINDS This commercial interior reflects a professional business with a human face – fit-out and furnishings are by Cemac Auckland

Project Avanti Finance

Location: Auckland

Interior design Cemac Auckland

FRIENDLY APPROACH For the interiors of the Avanti Finance offices, the company wanted a trusted interiors company to take the reins – Cemac Commercial Interiors delivered A commercial fit-out that displays interior design finesse will involve careful consideration of furniture and facilities. Working with a single firm improves the likelihood of strong, cohesive results. Cemac Commercial Interiors is a brand of Cemac Auckland Limited, along with Furniturelab and Dexion Supply Centre – each with its own team of industry-leading professionals. Cemac operates as a main contractor across the spectrum of commercial interior projects, with over 50 years’ experience in all aspects of office, retail and hospitality fit-outs, says director Derek Finnigan. “Our relationship with Avanti Finance dates back to 1989. On this project, we were asked to act as main contractor and project manager for its relocation from Ellerslie to Remuera.” Cemac worked closely with Sonja Hawkins, the designer for Avanti Finance. With an area of around 1100m2 the new office space had to accommodate 65 staff, as well as provide room for expansion.

The fit-out was to comprise the reception area, an open-plan office, management suites, and a staff breakout area. “Sonja wanted a professional aesthetic, injected with personality and warmth. In keeping with the building’s green credentials, we made extensive use of natural dressed and band-sawn finished cedar. Detailing the interiors and fixtures to meet the building’s 5-Star Green Star rating and high standard of seismic construction were integral to the job.” The selection of experienced subcontractors, including staff from other Cemac divisions, was key to providing the level of design and finish required. Contact Cemac Commercial Interiors, phone +64 9 259 8700. Email: Web: save | share Search 43497 at

Preceding pages and below: In this fit-out of the new Avanti Finance offices by Cemac Commercial Interiors, a strip of green sets off the cedar wall at the reception. The warm timber is repeated as privacy screens on the glass office fronts to come.

STAND-OUT FEATURES Great interiors demand workstations, tables and chairs to match, such as those from international and local brands supplied by Furniture Lab

Above:Furniture Lab provided furniture, desking and workstation solutions appropriate to a green building.

A building with a strong green focus needs furniture that is similarly friendly to the environment. Furniture Lab, a division of Cemac Auckland, supplies refined furniture for offices, commercial premises, restaurants, cafés, apartments, and private homes, says manager Nicola Fasano-King. “Our extensive range includes workstations, tables, chairs, bar stools, suites and custom pieces. “In line with the vision of the Avanti designer and her expectations of quality, Furniture Lab provided a complete package of furniture solutions, including workstations and seating that specifically matched the brief, as well as Avanti’s distinct style. “Setting iconic pieces from the Alvar Aalto Artek range side by side with environmentally accredited Teknion Tek’n workstations speaks to the commitment to sustainability, as well as to a level of quality that is consistent with the way Avanti Finance conducts its own business. “Throughout this office we have used a number of items from the highly regarded Thonet range,

including the latest award-winning pieces from the acclaimed Alma Design collection. Emeco chairs in vibrant colours also feature in the Avanti fit-out.” Paying close attention to the most minute details enabled Furniturelab to provide furniture throughout the project that contributed a sustainable, peoplefocused workplace – on time and within budget. “Locally manufactured options were introduced where possible, creating a progressive and flexible workspace that will stand up to the test of time.” The Avanti Finance project was characterised by a high level of collaboration and is testament to an experienced team and superior products. For details, visit the Furniture Lab showroom, 120 Carbine Rd, Mt Wellington, Auckland, phone +64 9 258 8740. Email:, or visit the website: save | share Search 43497 at



ROOM AT THE TOP With the relocation of a finance company comes the need to organise storage and shelving – Dexion Supply Centre delivered

Even in the digital world, large quantities of paper are still produced. To maximise storage in a minimum of space, it takes professional input to box clever. Dexion Supply Centre, another Cemac Auckland brand, has one of the largest ranges of commercial and industrial shelving and storage solutions in New Zealand, says sales manager Brent Watt. “We carry both the Precision and Dexion brands and all our ranges are manufactured in steel, with most carrying a lifetime warranty. Our experienced staff can manage a project from design, engineering and compliance right through to installation. “For Avanti Finance, Dexion Supply Centre rehoused the paper files previously held on a 65m2 floor area. The Dexion Compactus Freetrack 2 mobile shelving system allowed us to increase storage capacity over a floor space of around 23m2 – a dramatic and valuable reduction. “The steel Compactus Freetrack system is lighter than traditional timber mobile storage and easily fitted in with the building’s structural static load requirements. This patented track can be installed directly onto the carpet without the need for mechanical fixings. Freetrack is the only system that utilises pivoting track ramps that allow for full wheelchair and trolley access to all aisles without the need for infill flooring,” says Watt. In addition to the Compactus mobile shelving, Dexion Supply Centre provided task storage to the workstations with the Precision Smartstore, Lateral filing and sliding door storage units. To contact Dexion Supply Centre, phone +64 9 259 8720. Email: Web: save | share Search 43497 at

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Project Genesis Energy Building

Location: Greenlane, Auckland

Ceiling supplier and installer: Forman Building Systems and Forman Commercial Interiors

ABOVE AND BEYOND The new Genesis Energy Building offers a welcoming, modern ambience – part of the design story was an acoustic tile ceiling from Forman Building Systems

As New Zealand’s largest energy provider, Genesis Energy needed a new head office that would reflect its stature. An essential feature was a high-performance acoustic tile ceiling throughout the building in Greenlane, Auckland. For this project, Forman Building Systems supplied a custom ceiling solution comprising 1800m2 of Armstrong aluminium top hat grid system, together with 1500mm x 500mm Armstrong Ultima K2C2 plank tiles, says marketing manager ceiling and wall systems Nick Molcisi. “The main benefit of this grid-and-tile system is



a high-performance, highly durable acoustic ceiling with some distinctive design-driven features. Interior fit-out architects Cheshire Architects had a clear design and vision in mind and fabricator Armstrong came up with this precision solution.” This ceiling also offers easy accessibility to services, allowing for speedy, cost-effective maintenance. In addition, the complex system has a custom seismic design to ensure it meets the latest New Zealand seismic code. Forman Commercial Interiors, subcontracted to Alaska Interiors, was the installer on the Genesis

Below:A dramatic ceiling system for the new Genesis Energy Building was supplied by Forman Building Services and installed by Forman Commercial Interiors. Advantages include a seismic rating, acoustic properties and easy accessibility to aboveceiling services.

ceilings. The tiles were to be laid in a chequerboard pattern, and the exacting design parameters made the project highly technical and labour intensive, says Forman Commercial Interiors northern area manager Shannon Outram. “The most challenging aspect of the installation for us was getting all the material junctions and intersecting angles to align seamlessly. This was particularly important around service trenches where the ceiling plane on each side was coming in at different angles,” says Outram. “The same high levels of precision were also vital around the

curved partitions, where our aluminium perimeter trim needed to be curved and stretched to precisely follow the walls.” For details on Forman Building Systems, phone +64 9 276 4000. Website: For information on Forman Commercial Interiors, phone +64 9 571 0511, or alternatively visit the website: save | share Search 43253 at



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TOTAL CONTROL In today’s design world, sustainability is key to many projects, and precision solutions for heating and cooling are a must – Smooth-Air has the answers This page:Smooth-Air offers both standard and custom ventilation, heat exchange plant and ducting solutions. Advanced components used by the company include Rigi-Flex ducting (top), the fabric DuctSox® Systems (middle and above right) and the Acutherm Variable Air Volume diffuser (above).

Efficient ventilation and heat-exchange plant is vital for any commercial new-build or fit-out, Green Star certified or not. This specialised area requires an in-depth knowledge of the options. Smooth-Air is a manufacturer, importer and wholesaler of ducting, ventilation and fans as well as heat-exchange plant and air-con components, says national marketing manager Vince Atkinson. “We offer a broad range of components off the shelf, but our real strength is in custom solutions that optimise efficiency and minimise power costs.” The company represents many international

brands such as Air Change, Nailor, Acutherm, Vents, Kilargo and DuctSox. Smooth-Air also manufactures and supplies a variety of ducting solutions, flexible to rigid, in a variety of profiles and materials. For more information, contact Smooth-Air Products, phone 0800 SMOOTH (0800 766 684). Website: save | share Search 43528 at



BLACK AND WHITE WORLD In modern commercial interiors, an eye-catching furnishing scheme can be a showstopper – Monochrome from Warwick offers dramatic possibilities

In a world where nothing seems black and white, a monochrome look can create an impact greater than a rainbow of colourways. Warwick Commercial has been supplying quality fabrics to the commercial furnishing industry since 1985, says managing director Martin Irvine. “Always looking for ways to lead design trends, Warwick has utilised the latest precision printing techniques to create an innovative and refined range of fabrics called Monochrome. “Creating these designs in black and white only



has resulted in a dramatic collection that offers versatility because of its range of designs. “Whether it is for reception, boardroom, hotel room or office furniture, these contemporary designs are printed on two extremely hard-wearing Halo-rated base fabrics.” Halo is the company’s own category for high performance fabrics that are easy to clean, highly durable and suitable for commercial environments. The Monochrome collection features stand-out decorative graphics, bold stripes and florals, as

Below:Suited to office reception areas, hotel foyers, restaurant furniture and every commercial environment in between, the new Monochrome fabrics from Warwick make a bold statement.

well as geometrics, optical-, ethnic- and Art Decoinspired patterns. All these designs are rated for heavy commercial use and half the range can be used for drapery and bedspreads as well. Warwick fabrics are tested to strict Australian and New Zealand standards. Most ranges are also stock-supported to ensure rapid delivery, and all

commercial need,” says Irvine. “Our experienced, professional sales staff are available at both the Parnell and Mairangi Bay showrooms to discuss your requirements.” For further information on Warwick Commercial, phone 0800 922 000 or (09) 477 3080. Or visit the website:

commercial fabrics are quality guaranteed. “The highly skilled design team at Warwick Commercial creates custom designs to meet every

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FORM MEETS FUNCTION These contemporary products reflect the latest design and water technologies suited to commercial use – GWA Bathrooms & Kitchens has a range of options

The design of commercial bathrooms often relies on being up to speed on contemporary trends and advances in product functionality. Whether as a designer, architect, or specifier, paying a visit to a product source website with the right connections can provide the awareness your project deserves. GWA Bathrooms & Kitchens has a portfolio of well-known Australian brands that include Caroma, Fowler, Stylus, Dorf and Clark; and also imports and distributes a number of European brands. The company is at the forefront of product innovation,



with sustainability a key design driver. For example, GWA Bathrooms & Kitchens has fine-tuned watersaving technology, and has supplied eco-friendly bathroomware for numerous Green Star-rated buildings across Australia. The company’s products are suitable for both commercial and residential applications. The Seido wall-hung basin by Fowler (below) is crafted from high-density vitreous china. It features a generous bowl with a quality level tap platform and shelf area for easy cleaning. This refined piece is paired

Below:Contemporary basins, waterless urinals and sculptural pans are just some of thousands of products displayed on the GWA Bathrooms & Kitchens website.

with the Dorf Jovian wall basin mixer. The Caroma Integra 500 Care wall basin (below left) combines ease of use with flowing design lines. It is complemented by a Dorf Jovian basin mixer. Chic and minimalist, the H2ZeroTM Cube waterless urinal (below right) meets stringent targets for sustainability and water conservation. The Fowler Seido Invisi Series II (lower right) delivers a functional, stylish piece which has achieved a 4 star WELS rating. GWA offers an array of brands which makes

choosing the right product for a project easier. For complete peace of mind, the company offers comprehensive warranties and dedicated aftersales service on all its products. For more information, contact GWA Bathrooms & Kitchens, phone 131416, or visit the website: save | share Search 42802 at




FORWARD MOMENTUM Future proofing is a feature of all these projects, which reflect a demand for ultra-high efficiency

Project ANZ Tauranga

Location: Tauranga

Architect: Wingate + Farquhar

ON DEMAND From relatively humble beginnings, this office building grew in stature as tenants came on board early and were able to influence the design process, which was all about efficiency



Preceding pages and below: Designed as a gateway development, the new ANZ Tauranga building signposts a major intersection in the city. A deep recess in the front facade highlights the main entry, and helps to break up the perceived mass of the building.

If there was ever any doubt that commercial tenants would be prepared to pay extra for a highly efficient, well-designed workplace, then this project puts the idea to rest. Tenants signing on early for space in the new ANZ Tauranga building raised the bar themselves, demanding even more services and efficiencies. This in turn led to a much larger, more sustainable building with improved facilities. Architect David Wingate of Wingate + Farquhar says that right from the start, the team looked for the most efficient floorplate possible. “Because this was to be a very large building, it made sense to put the core in the middle where services could be shared by up to six tenants,” Wingate says. “We were able to align the front and rear entries, maximising the lobby space and amenities. “Visually, the recessed front entry helps to break up the mass of the building. The main canopy not only divides this long elevation, but also heightens the sense of arrival and connects visitors more directly with the vertical circulation within.” Wingate says the design also responds to the significance of the site, on a prominent corner. “This needed to be a gateway building – its scale acknowledges the junction between Cameron Road and Elizabeth Street, which is a major urban intersection. This is also why we provided a setback – to create a new public space for the city.” Different facade treatments on each elevation help to minimise the bulk of the 8000m2 office. “We wanted to break down the parts so it would look like two buildings coming together in the middle,” says the architect. “Deep louvres provide sun control on the north side, while the east and south facades are glazed. The west facade, attracting the greatest heat from the sun, features a large, precast concrete wall with smaller areas of glazing. These are punctuated at the ends with panels of exposed aggregate. On one side there are long slot windows in the aggregate.” The team specified a 1500mm-grid building, which provides efficiencies in terms of a seamless fit-out. The ceiling tiles are 1500mm x 500mm, SEARCH | SAVE | SHARE AT


as compared to the traditional 1200 x 600mm. Wingate says the 1500mm system has become more common in Europe and Australia, but this building is believed to be the first installation for Tauranga. “We spent a lot of time talking to potential tenants and designed the building around their needs,” says the architect. “The design matured as we progressed, and tenants actually demanded facilities that have made it a much better building. Working with the construction team from Day One also meant we could control budgets and construction methodology to provide savings.” Wingate says the biggest challenge for the team and developer was in getting firms to move from

very large premises to offices with a small footprint, albeit a more efficient workplace. “The rentals in the new building are a little higher than the rather low average in Tauranga, but because space in the new building is used so efficiently, the value is obvious. Staples Rodway, for example, had 1600m2 in its former premises; now it is down to 920m2, but the firm has more space than it can use, so there is plenty of room to grow.” Wingate + Farquhar also designed the interior for many of the tenants, including Staples Rodway. “It was a win-win situation for the tenants,” says Wingate. “They could be involved right from the beginning and could make changes early on if these were required.”

Left:The facade treatment varies on each elevation. The south and east facades are glazed, while the west facade features precast concrete panels and fewer windows to reduce solar gain. The anchor elements on the corners are exposed aggregate panels. Top right:To create a costeffective reception area for Staples Rodway, the building architects at Wingate + Farquhar introduced suspended ceiling elements that also help with acoustic insulation. An existing pottery collection that had been languishing in various rooms in the old premises was given a new lease of life within a special display niche. Right:Pale timber accents contrast the corporate blue carpet and chocolate brown chairs in the new Bayley’s office, also designed by Wingate + Farquhar.



Below:Timber features throughout the base build, and reappears in the law offices of Cooney Lees Morgan.



Below:Slot windows frame the view from the Cooney Lees Morgan office (top), while bright colour accents enliven breakout areas for Staples Rodway (lower).



Left and below:Herringbone timber slats make a dramatic ceiling in the Elizabeth Café on the ground floor of the new ANZ Tauranga building. The design team created a courtyard environment on the inside, which helps to draw the eye of passers-by.

The interiors all reflect the move towards a more open, transparent workplace that offers flexibility along with space saving. As well as workstations, there are plenty of breakout areas, small tables for informal meetings and shared spaces. “We introduced the concept of the third office to the Cooney Lees Morgan fit-out, which is like a marketplace, or a piazza, popped into the middle of the office,” says Wingate. “This breaks up the monotony of the open-plan workstations with their rows of desks. It’s a non-hierarchical gathering place. And with modern communications technology, workers are more mobile – they can work anywhere. At times, when work schedules are different, they can even share desks.”

A café was added to the ground floor. Originally just one large open space, the interior is now divided by a timber block wall with a fireplace that helps to keep the café intimate and welcoming. With its full-height glazing, the café has a strong connection to the street, bringing a vibrancy to the corner, and a new destination for local residents. The architect says that while the developer did not seek a rating from the NZ Green Building Council, the building has been designed to meet Green Star criteria.

Project:ANZ Tauranga Architect:David Wingate, Wingate + Farquhar (Auckland) Structural electrical engineer:Redco Mechanical and electrical engineer:Innerscape Quantity surveyor:Rider Levett Bucknall Main contractor:CBC Construction Mechanical/HVAC services:Guy Refrigeration Electrical, data services:Stewart Browne Group Fire protection:Argus Fire Protection Curtain wall, aluminium joinery, sliding entrance doors and motor gear:NZ Windows Precast concrete:Nauhria

Metal roofing:Roofing the Bay Membrane roofing:Arid Technologies Louvres:Louvretec Lifts:Kone Fire curtains:Smoke Control NZ Wall linings and ceilings:Ceilings Unlimited Doors and hardware:Open Doors Glass wall to lifts:GlassArt Stainless steel:Paramount Stainess

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Project Young Hunter House

Location: Christchurch, New Zealand

Architect: Sheppard & Rout Architects

SMART MOVE New seismic structural systems technology is transforming the way several new buildings are constructed, with damage avoidance being a key focus

Preservation of life has always been the main aim of the New Zealand Building Code as it relates to seismic requirements. But a new seismic structural technology is also addressing the life of the building itself. The recently completed Young Hunter House building, formerly the Merritt Building, in Christchurch, is believed to be the first speculative office development to feature a self-centring LVL timber PRESSS (Precast Seismic Structural



System) technology performance-based structure. Architect Jasper van der Lingen of Sheppard & Rout Architects and engineering consultant Jade Kirk of Kirk Roberts Consulting Engineers worked closely with a development team at the University of Canterbury, which has pioneered the technology. “At this stage, only a few buildings have been constructed using the system,” says van der Lingen. “But the building owner Tony Merritt suggested we explore this new earthquake-resistant

Below left and right:Large louvres and fins shield the new Young Hunter House building from the direct sun. But the expansive glazing still provides a view of the new self-centring LVL seismic structural system. Below:The south-facing firewall features precast concrete panels imprinted with roughsawn timber formwork.

timber technology – there was a real synergy in that we both wanted to do this. In reality, the disruption caused by earthquakes can be immense and the idea of reparable buildings that utilise damage avoidance technology holds a lot of appeal. “Traditionally, Christchurch buildings have featured stone, concrete and masonry – this is a city that is accustomed to big, heavy buildings that look as though they are going to last forever. But following the earthquakes, that kind of architecture does not seem nearly as appropriate. Instead, we are looking at lightweight, flexible buildings that move with tremors to absorb their energy.” The new building is consequently framed with massive LVL (laminated veneer lumber) beams and columns, with post-tensioned steel tendons running through the beams. Using LVL ensured the beams could be engineered to be longer, thicker and stronger than natural timber. “Right from the start we decided that we would make a real architectural feature of the technology,” says van der Lingen. “All the beams, columns, and frame joints are exposed. Matisse, the retail tenant on the ground floor, took this one step further, exposing all the services. Throughout the building the wood imparts a warm glow that is very inviting.”



The design team continued the exposed wood theme in the main lobby, creating a plywood staircase for the main circulation area. “It’s a very sculptural staircase that winds up all three levels, encouraging people to use the stairs, rather than the lift,” says the architect. Three sides of the building are fully glazed – a recess in the long north-facing elevation signals the main entry to the building. To minimise solar heat gain inside the building, the design team added large horizontal fins to this elevation, and vertical fins to the west facade facing the street. “We wanted people to be able to read the timber structure from the street – after all this is the building’s real point of difference,” says van der Lingen. “The fins block the direct sun, but the building still has a good transparency.” Because the south-facing side of the building is close to the adjoining site and needed to be firewall rated, there are only a few small window penetrations. This wall features precast concrete, imprinted with a pattern from the roughsawn timber formwork. “We wanted to carry that wood association right through the building, from the inside to the outside and vice versa.”

Below left:Plywood balustrading enhances the sculptural look of the central staircase that links all three floors of the building, which was designed by Sheppard & Rout. Below and right:The massive LVL beams and columns that form the structure have been left exposed, along with the large beam-column joints. The Matisse showroom, on the ground floor, has also exposed the services.

For many people in the building industry, it is the damage avoidance technology behind the selfcentring LVL post-tensioned, performance-based structure that is capturing attention. Engineer Jade Kirk says the LVL beams are post tensioned with a clamping action that can withstand a force of 1000-1500 kilonewtons. “The entire beam-column connection is designed as a rocking mechanism. The post-tensioned strands within the beam are rather like a large elastic band – they elongate as the frame moves and the joint opens up. As the post-tensioned strands stretch, they work to pull the frame back together, removing all residual displacement in the building.



At the same time as the joint opens up in the tension zone, the energy dissipater starts to yield and removes the energy of the earthquake. “After a major event, the dissipaters are replaced with new ones. This means a building can be restored back to its original state relatively easily, incurring minimal cost.” Kirk says that even though the construction method costs less than a conventional steel and concrete office building, the technology ensures the building performance is greatly improved. “This building has been designed as a normal commercial structure capable of withstanding forces based on a 1 in 500 event. However, it has

Below:The LVL beams feature post-tensioned steel strands that elongate during a quake, and then compress to clamp the beam back in place when the tremor has ended. Energy dissipaters at the top and bottom of each joint are replaceable. Right:Timber battens are a key feature of the Young Hunter legal offices designed by Sheppard & Rout.

These pages:Colourful citrus shades enliven the Hairy Lemon offices in Young Hunter House. Here again, the large LVL beams and columns help to define the structure – they also influenced the design of the timber arches in the fit-out. This fit-out was designed by KVA Design. Story by Colleen Hawkes Photography by Jamie Cobel

the ability to continue to maintain capacity up to a 1 in 2500-year event. This means the building has a performance level well in excess of typical code requirements.” Kirk says this building features displacementbased design philosophies, which will most likely pave the way for future construction. “Already, Kirk Roberts has worked on five of these buildings, and an extraordinary amount of time and research has gone into the development of the technology. We see this as an exciting era for the construction industry.” Van der Lingen is also optimistic of the future for such buildings, especially in Christchurch, which he describes as a very resilient city, one that is

prepared to push the boundaries. “The sustainability aspect is important – to be able to repair rather than demolish is a major green benefit. Also, this building already features many sustainable design initiatives. For example, the wood in the LVL is plantation pine that was grown and processed in New Zealand. And timber itself captures, rather than produces carbon. “The intellectual property is also local, and all the prefabrication is carried out by local firms using locally sourced materials – a win-win situation.”

Project:Young Hunter House, Christchurch Architect:Jasper van der Lingen, principal architect and Martin Henkes, architectural assistant, Sheppard & Rout Architects, Christchurch Engineering – structural, geotechnical, civil and fire:Jade Kirk, principal and Marga Lamoreaux, design engineer, Kirk Roberts Consulting Engineers Mechanical and electrical engineer:Cosgroves Main contractor:Contract Construction Reinforcing steel:Steel & Tube Structural timber:TimberLab Solutions; CHH Woodproducts Post tensioning:BBR Contech Precast concrete:Smith Crane & Construction Structural steel/metalwork:Chapman Engineering

Suspended ceilings:Forman Commercial Plasterboard:Plaster Services Roofing:Graham Hill Roofing/SRS Steel fire windows:Crittall Arnold Aluminium joinery/solar fins/louvres: Alutech Windows & Doors Electrical/data/security:PBI Electrical Mechanical services :Airtech NZ Fire services:Fire Fighting Pacific LIft services:Schindler Lifts NZ Composite aluminium cladding:Alucobond from South Island Architectural Composites Glazing:Euroglass Flooring:John Cooper Flooring

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ON THE CUTTING EDGE It is probably appropriate that the anchor retail tenant in the new Young Hunter building in Christchurch is Matisse International – a name synonymous with pioneering design trends



Below:Matisse International has opened a store in Young Hunter House in Christchurch. Imported designer products are showcased right alongside the exposed structural wood and building services.

Imitation may be a form of flattery, but when it comes to investing in designer furniture, you need to deal with the professionals. Only then can you be assured of authenticity. Matisse International, an established name in designer furniture in New Zealand, is the importer of leading brands that feature in many high-end commercial and residential interiors. So, it is only fitting that the company is the first retail tenant to occupy space in a new building that is turning heads in the construction industry. Matisse directors Jeanne and Alan Bertenshaw say Young Hunter House fits the profile of the company, which pioneers good design, both contemporary and classic. “Most of our products are exclusive to Matisse,” they say. “We deal with the world’s leading manufacturers, who in turn only engage the very best designers. Many of these designers work with a broad range of manufacturers, designing furniture, kitchens, baths and tapware, lighting and flooring. This makes it easy create a perfectly co-ordinated environment, be it for the home or the office.” Furniture, products and accessories carried by Matisse are all collectable items, which quickly become investment pieces. “High-quality designer items do not lose their value overnight. Rather, they endure to become classics that continue to be sought after for years to come,” the directors say. Sustainability is a key focus for the company, which was one of the founding members of the New Zealand Green Building Council. Matisse now has three stores, in Auckland, Christchurch and Queenstown. Specialist staff can help you choose the most appropriate pieces for your own home, apartment or office. For information, contact Matisse International or visit one of the stores: 99 The Strand, Parnell, Auckland, phone +64 9 359 9191; 134 Victoria St, Christchurch, phone +64 3 366 0623; and 179 Glenda Drive, Frankton, Queenstown, phone +64 3 409 0855. Email: Or visit the website: SEARCH | SAVE | SHARE AT



FIT FOR PURPOSE Materials specified for new buildings in earthquake-prone regions have increasingly come under the spotlight. The laminated veneer lumber (LVL), used in Young Hunter House, is no exception, drawing attention from the construction community and passers-by. The three-storey Christchurch building has been built using post-tensioned LVL framing, with research and technology coming together to bring a fresh, contemporary look to the re-emerging city. Futurebuild™ LVL from Carter Holt Harvey Woodproducts has characteristics that make it ideally suited to this type of construction. It is available in longer lengths and larger sections than timber, can bear greater loads over wider spans, and is consistent in its structural properties. And being made from timber, it is lightweight, a natural carbon store, and a renewable resource that retains the warm aesthetics of wood. Carter Holt Harvey Woodproducts, which manufactures Futurebuild LVL in its Marsden Point plant, also supplies LVL for use in concrete composite floors. These provide improved acoustic performance over stand-alone timber, and a level of built-in fire resistance. The company is a shareholder in Structural Timber Innovation Company, the company that developed the basis for the damage avoidance technology used in Young Hunter House. save | share Search 42867 at



IMPROVING ON NATURE Engineered timber solutions are transforming construction sites as developers look for cost-effective, sustainable structural systems that are also designed to handle seismic loads. TimberLab Solutions provided engineered timber solutions for Young Hunter House in Christchurch. The company says its products, made from Glulam (glued laminated timber) and LVL (laminated veneer lumber), are prefabricated in the company’s factory, which makes for quick and accurate assembly and installation on site. Marketing director Owen Griffiths says TimberLab Solutions’ staff have 76 years’ experience, and all products pass through a certified quality control process. “The products themselves offer many benefits to the construction industry – they are made from sustainable materials, are light weight, pre-finished, seismically resistant and fire resistant. They also offer design flexibility.” TimberLab can fabricate and supply a complete structural timber package for any project, enabling ease of assembly and installation. Griffiths says the company recently commissioned New Zealand’s first five-axis CNC bridge, which is used for accurate detailing and the processing of timber structures. save | share Search 42873 at

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Project Forté Health

Location: Christchurch

Architect: Wilson & Hill Architects

CHARACTER STRENGTHS Designed to survive a major seismic event and the first hospital to achieve the coveted 4-Star Green Star certification, Forté Health is one of New Zealand’s safest and greenest medical buildings

Below:Built using advanced post-tensioned steel technology and boasting a rocking frame seismic structural system, Forté Health is designed for occupant safety and a sustainable future.

In a city brought to its knees by the savage earthquake of February 2011, the emphasis on new builds is naturally to prevent such a tragic loss of life ever happening again. Rising from the rubble, a new breed of architecture looks set to roll with the punches in any similar event. With the loss of a number of Christchurch’s existing medical facilities by the earthquake, a new hospital and consulting rooms were required. Wilson & Hill Architects was asked to build a centre to meet these needs, says director David Hill. “Forté Health has labs, radiology consulting rooms, wards and operating theatres, as well as a central café under a light well that penetrates the structure. However it’s the ability to stand up to seismic events that really sets this building apart. “The three-storey building has been designed to ‘Importance Level 4’. This means it’s intended to withstand a 1 in 2500-year earthquake and to remain operational after a 1 in 500-year event.” The seismic design, by specialist firm Engenium, features a post-tensioned steel Seismic Structural System with external dampers. Internal workings are celebrated, with translucent facade panels revealing the lit-up forms at night. Some internal windows also look onto these potentially life-saving mechanisms. The facade is constructed to move safely along with the building. Further Importance Level 4 provisions are a generator for emergency power supply, tanks for potable water, and emergency sewer provision. Forté Health is also a model of sustainable design, achieving the enviable 4-Star Green Star rating from the Green Building Council, says Hill. “Features include low-e, high performance double glazing, a steel structure with recyclable content and efficient air conditioning systems such as chillers and VRV heatpumps. Covered bicycle parking, integrated waste management systems and energy-efficient lighting are also provided.” save | share Search 43467 at



ENLIGHTENED DESIGN The Forté Health hospital includes several leading-edge architectural elements in a design that shows the way forward for new Christchurch city buildings

Rebuilding after a major seismic event calls for architecture that reflects strength and security for the future. Alongside improved earthquake resiliance are the sustainable elements that go into creating a 4-Star Green Star building. The new Forté Health hospital, by Christchurchbased Wilson & Hill Architects, is a case in point. Wilson & Hill takes on a range of commercial, medical, residential and education work and for most projects is lead consultant – responsible for briefing, design, contract observation and administration – the full architectural service, says director David Hill. “For Forté Health, we undertook site planning and design of the building, and ground floor hard fit-outs for specialist rooms and common areas, as well as their soft fit-outs in collaboration with Jules Mark. “The ground conditions and seismic design dictated a lightweight building, which the glazed facade with large custom louvres provides. For the seismic structural system, we turned function into aesthetics, wrapping the full-height seismic frames on each side of the building in obscure glass.” As the first Green Star-rated medical building in New Zealand, Forté Health has a number of environmental and sustainable features. The building is set back from the boundary on all sides to enable natural light penetration and an 8m x 7m lightwell brings natural light into the core. The building addresses the Kilmore St frontage, setting a precedent for future buildings in this area and has an attractive frontage to Peterborough St. The whole project from brief to completion was deivered in a 22-month period, says Hill. To contact Wilson & Hill Architects, phone +64 3 379 3663. Email: Website: save | share Search 43513 at

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SHAKEN NOT STIRRED Advanced seismic damping ensures the Forté Health building will bounce back in an earthquake – Alan Reay Consultants undertook the structural design

The new Forté Health complex has achieved several firsts, but perhaps the most arresting of these is the structural frame designed to roll with the waves in a seismic event. Alan Reay Consultants undertook the structural design of Forté Health, together with design of the associated civil works, and the temporary works design, says structural engineer Doug Latham. “We also acted as engineer to the contract for the base-build and ground floor fit-out. However, it’s the radical makeup of the frame that’s a leap forward for New Zealand safe building design. “The structure uses an innovative steel Prefabricated Seismic Structural System (PRESSS) with advanced seismic damping,” says Latham. “Designed in conjunction with the University of Canterbury, the steel brace frames are intended to rock during a major earthquake to minimise any damage, with post-tensioned rods pulling the building back straight. “Two types of replaceable dampers are used in combination to absorb the energy of a quake. These include yielding steel rods and lead extrusion devices developed at the University of Canterbury.” This is the first application of steel PRESSS technology in New Zealand. The use of two types of dampers in combination was also unique to this project – together making this a world first. Every earthquake is different, and the two dampers working together provide enhanced performance across a range of possible types of earthquake motions, Latham says. In addition, Forté Health is built on 168 steel piles that reach 24m down to the Riccarton gravels. For details, contact Alan Reay Consultants, phone +64 3 366 0434. Website: save | share Search 43518 at

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INFORMED PERSPECTIVE Post-quake assessment of Importance Level 3 and 4 buildings and a best-for-project approach were just two reasons specialist quantity surveyors Rawlinsons came on board the Forté Health project

Given the technical nature of the Forté Health hospital and its status as an Importance Level 4 building, a high degree of specialist expertise was required from the quantity surveyor. Rawlinsons is a nation-wide team of quantity surveyors, construction consultants and cost engineers with a close knowledge of costs, values and labour and market process. Financial appraisals, contracts and strategic procurement are also within the firm’s expertise, says co-director Lawrie Saegers. “We provide services to most industry sectors – from health to tourism – and have been established in the Christchurch and wider South Island property and construction markets for over 30 years. Our head office is in Christchurch, but we also have three other offices in major New Zealand centres.” Co-director Julian Mace says the Rawlinsons best-for-project approach was one reason it was suitable for the high-end Forté Health building. “Our estimating work after the February 2011 earthquake for some proposed Importance Level 3 and 4 buildings within the Christchurch CBD was also crucial to our appointment as the quantity surveyors for the base build and ground floor fit-out contracts,” says Mace. “On Forté Health, Rawlinsons assisted with the advanced procurement of the piling, curtain walling and structural steel trades,” says Saegers. “The project was delivered inside 20 months and so required a strong cost-management effort to maintain the budget and fast-track programme required. “This is a leading-edge building that points the way forward for Christchurch and we are very proud to be associated with it and the client group.” For further details, contact Rawlinsons, phone +64 3 366 0371. Website: save | share Search 43512 at

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RELIABLE OUTCOME The innovative earthquake-resistant design of Forté Health involved several companies and diverse disciplines – project management from N-Compass brought everything together

Project management for a hospital with a complex structure and a host of green credentials required an experienced hand – especially when delivered to a tight timeframe and in an environment of recurring after-shocks. One firm organised all parties and ensured everything flowed smoothly. N-Compass is a project management company that is committed to delivering quality projects on time and to budget to meet the commercial imperatives of its clients, says director Suresh Nagaiya. “We have significant experience in commercial and civic projects, such as multistorey residential and commercial buildings, sports arenas, education facilities, civil engineering and infrastructure works. Our broad range of capabilities allows us to undertake a wide diversity of projects and establish excellent working partnerships with our clients. “On Forté Health, N-Compass led a strong team of construction industry experts and project managed the base build and ground floor fit-out. The delivery included undertaking piling works before Fletchers began construction, which saved money and time. We purchased steel for the 24m-deep piles ourselves, importing it from South Korea to obtain the best value for money for the client. N-Compass also undertook the ground floor fit-out using a separate, smaller contractor, which again resulted in significant savings of money and time.” The building’s innovative technologies and high Green Star agenda contributed to complexities in design, quality assurance, time, cost and risk – all managed by N-Compass to exacting standards. For more information, contact N-Compass, Auckland office, phone +64 9 970 8917, Christchurch office, +64 3 366 4094. Or visit the website: save | share Search 43509 at

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GREEN OUTLOOK A simultaneous base build and multiple fit-outs at Forté Health required complex sustainable strategies by Powell Fenwick Consultants

As the first medical facility in this country to achieve a Green Star Custom Tool rating and only the third such building in Australasia, Forté Health has a wide range of sustainable attributes. Powell Fenwick Consultants provided the mechanical and hydraulic engineering services for Forté Health, says company director Sam Seatter. “We also specialise in integrating complex building services with environmentally sustainable design. For Forté Health, Powell Fenwick was both the Green Star Accredited Professional (GSAP) and ESD champion on the project. “This involved co-ordinating sustainable design elements and mechanical and hydraulic services across the base building and various fit-outs – involving separate architects, project managers, contractors and design consultants,” Seatter says. Energy-efficiency measures in Forté Health were modelled to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions by a third, compared to a typical hospital, says senior engineer and GSAP Scott Waller. Some of the key ESD elements implemented by Powell Fenwick include a solar domestic hot water system; high efficiency heat pumps and chiller for the building’s heating and cooling; and ventilation heat recovery for fresh air supplies. “An advanced building management system monitors and trends energy use, and integrates with the smart lighting and occupancy system to control parts of the HVAC system,” Waller says. Other green factors include the use of chilled water to cool medical sterilising equipment to reduce potable water wastage and smaller air conditioning zones with full occupant control. For details, contact Powell Fenwick Consultants, phone +64 3 366 1777. Website: save | share Search43499 at

Top and above:Solar panels and high-efficiency cooling and heating plant are integral to Forté Health’s 4-Star Green Star rating. 104


INSIDE STORY For New Zealand’s first 4-Star Green Star surgical hospital, a specialist fit-out was essential – Klein Architects provided the environmentally sound interiors

In a new 4-Star Green Star medical facility, every nook, cranny, workstation and paint surface has to conform to stringent guidelines. To achieve the level of consistency and aesthetic required, a high level of task-specific know-how is required. Specialist health architectural firm Klein played a vital part in the new Forté Health hospital, recently opened by New Zealand prime minister John Key. Located in the heart of Christchurch, the building marks a milestone as the first significant new building to be completed in the Red Zone since the 2011 earthquake, says Klein Architects senior associate Melanie Mason. As a result of Klein’s award-winning work within the New Zealand health sector, it was commissioned by Forté Health to complete the specialist interior fitout, working with base architects Wilson and Hill. An important part of the brief was to create an interior that was both environmentally sound and sustainable so a raft of initiatives aimed at making it as energy efficient as possible were incorporated, says lead architect Melanie Mason. “A key challenge for us was the speed of the project. Construction of the building commenced while we were still finishing design of the fit-out. The design was completed in just eight months and from start to finish the complex took only 18 months to construct, which is a remarkable feat.” The building’s list of eco-friendly credentials include a large internal light well, solar-powered water heating and a smart lighting system; as well as heat-recovery air conditioning, waste reduction and a built-in energy optimising building management system. For details, contact Klein, phone +64 9 377 7005. Website: save | share Search 43510 at

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THINK BIG This boutique office development on a brownfields site proves that even simple sustainable design solutions can produce impressive results

Project 28 Troode Street

Location: Perth, WA

Brownfields sites bring their own challenges, but there can be many benefits to redevelopment. Land costs are often less, and such projects can provide an opportunity to improve the public domain by enriching the entire area. This boutique office development in West Perth, known as 28 Troode Street, highlights a sustainable solution to a brownfields site. Designed by The Buchan Group, the building needed to accommodate the site’s steep gradient and triangular shape,



Architect: The Buchan Group

while simultaneously providing an appealing office and a Green Star-rated work environment. Architect Lou Cotter says the site was originally contaminated scrubland that incorporated a small vacant mechanics’ workshop, which was covered in graffiti. However, there were some positive aspects – the location beside the Mitchell Freeway meant there was easy access to the CBD via road and rail. There were also good city views. “The site clearly had potential,” the architect

Preceding pages:Painted fibre-cement panelling in random patterns articulates the west and east facades of the 28 Troode Street office building in West Perth. The slot windows have deep reveals that create shading and help prevent solar gain.

Below:The long north-facing facade is glazed to allow plenty of natural light inside. Large fins help to shade the interior from the direct sun. The profile of the fins is repeated on the sculptural stainless steel column at the base of the stairs.

says. “The brief called for a flexible design – the building needed to be able to accommodate a number of small tenancies, or a single tenant occupying the whole building, which is in fact what eventuated in the interim. “We wanted to incorporate passive design principles, so it was essential to maximise natural daylight, while minimising solar gain. Consequently, there is full-height glazing on the north and south facades to provide natural light to all office areas.

The ground floor on the street elevation is set back from the level above to create a covered pedestrian space. The generous eaves also help to reduce glare within the building. “For further sun protection, we introduced large vertical sunscreens to this facade. These have a distinctive profile that is echoed by the sculptural stainless steel cladding on a column at the entry. The same profile can be seen on suspended timber blades on the ceiling inside the reception area.”



To cater to the triangular shape of the site, the building’s form reduces to the east. This facade, and the longer west facade have minimal glazing to reduce solar gain. “A series of deep slot windows cut into these facades is essentially self shading due to the depths of the reveals,” says Cotter. “The opaque sections, which feature durable fibre-cement panelling, are colourfully articulated in earthy shades that reflect the colour of weathered steel, without the associated cost.” The central services core of the stepped west facade is defined by reverse-fixed Klip-Lok steel, in a dark charcoal shade. Composite aluminium features on the external soffits above the entry. These have a reflective metallic finish. But the design team has again provided strong textural contrast – the entry is lined



with roughsawn American black walnut in a variety of thicknesses and a random vertical pattern. The battens are finished with a light tung oil. “We used the same timber panelling within the VDM fit-out in the reception area,” says Cotter. “The timber can also been seen as a trim and sculptural element on the reception desk.” Other features of the office fit-out include polished aggregate concrete flooring, which is used to highlight the key circulation areas. The flooring beneath the seating areas is a tinted concrete. To enhance a sense of transparency between floors, the stair wall was built using LVL timber columns that support Webforge aluminium screens. The timber treads are supported on a central steel spine, and the stair risers are in-filled with perforated aluminium sheets that help to keep the overall look sleek and contemporary.

Below:The stepped west facade features a mix of painted fibrecement panels and reverse-fixed Klip-Lok steel. The steel clads the services core in the centre of the building. Right:Suspended timber fins that have been painted add visual interest to the reception area of the former VDM office – the company has since moved to smaller premises.

Left:Roughsawn American black walnut battens in random widths are a key feature of both the entry and the reception area. Lower left:The offices include breakout areas for staff, with attractive outlooks. Below:Aluminium screens are a feature of the central staircase. Below right:The ground-floor plan highlights the main entry and the stepped design of the west facade.

Cotter says the building has achieved a 4-Star Green Star Design rating, and is on track to achieve a 4.5 Star NABERS rating. “The sustainable initiatives included a reduction in energy use, along with water conservation. The glass is double glazed and argon filled, and provides excellent daylight penetration into the 1100m2 floorplate. The building also features high-efficiency lights that operate on movement and daylight sensors. As well, we provided extensive End of Trip facilities for workers who cycle – the site is beside a regional cycleway.” Cotter says tenants also benefit from an internal courtyard, which is a two-level breakout area that is

partially roofed and shielded from traffic noise. This provides a tranquil space where workers can relax. “The other major transformation that has resulted from the development, has been the change to the original scrubland,” says the architect. “The new development dramatically improves the public domain, enriching the overall area, improving the quality of building in the vicinity, and providing enhanced landscaping. “The contaminated land has been reclaimed and rehabilitated – the scrubland and dead grass has made way for new trees, native planting and a variety of flora, which improve the ecological value of the site.”

Project:28 Troode Street, Perth Developer:Ascot Capital Architect:Design architect Lou Cotter, project architect Roger Wakefield, The Buchan Group, Perth, WA Construction company:Merit Projects Structural engineer:BG&E Consulting Engineers Mechanical engineer:GSA Engineering Electrical engineer:ETC Quantity surveyor:Borrell Rafferty Associates Landscaping:EPCAD Fire consultant:Complete Fire Design Acoustic consultant:Lloyd George Acoustics Environmental consultant:Norman Disney & Young Hydraulic consultant:Hutchinson Associates Roofing:Colorbond from BlueScope Steel; Lysaght Klip-lok Facade:Glazing; fibre-cement panels; Klip-Lok steel Sunscreens:Swiss Pearl panels by SGI Architectural Partitioning:Compact laminate by Rynat Industries

Window fascias:Alpolic by SGI Architectural Blinds:Vertilux roller Lobby flooring:Polished concrete Solid timber slats:American black walnut by Austim Solid timber stair treads:Tasmanian blackbutt by Austim Timber veneer:Black American walnut from The Laminex Group Paints:Dulux; Taubmans; Resene; Ameron Coatings Awards: 2013 AIA (WA Chapter) Awards Commercial Category, Commendation: Story by Colleen Hawkes Photography by Michael Conroy, Silvertone Photography save | share Search 43393 at



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Project Shenzhen Bao’An International Airport Terminal 3

Location: Shenzhen, China

Architect: Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas Architects

FLIGHT OF FANCY Looking much like a giant sculpture from both inside and out, the dramatic new Terminal 3 at Shenzhen Bao’An International Airport puts traveller comfort first



Below:Designed by Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas Architects, the 1.5k-long Terminal 3 at Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport resembles a giant manta ray.

Situated close to Hong Kong and one of the fastest growing cities in the world, Shenzhen is an important industrial centre and an increasingly popular tourist destination. However, with growth comes a strain on existing infrastructure and resources and despite the city’s airport already being the fourth-largest in China, this vital transport hub required a considerable boost in facilities. The dramatic new Terminal 3 at Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport was designed by Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas Architects. The tender for the building was won by global competition and despite its size – it is the largest public building in the city – and intricate design, the terminal was completed in three years. The 1.5k-long, 500,000m² terminal encompasses 63 contact gates, 15 remote gates and retail space. Terminal 3 will increase the capacity of the airport by 58%, with up to 45 million passengers expected to flow through its doors every year. Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas describe the thinking behind the enormous public terminal’s sculptural design. “An airport is like a city nowadays. If you design an airport, now you have to throw away all that was there before and rethink completely the whole concept of airport and its system. Our client, Shenzhen Airport (Group) Company, told us: ‘Create an airport and do it thinking about the people that are inside. A place where you can feel fine even if the plane is delayed.’ That was the biggest challenge.” SEARCH | SAVE | SHARE AT


Large projects such as this need to be macro structures that bring quality to people’s daily lives, Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas say. “This design supports and optimises the travel experience in function and looks. We imagined the terminal as being like a living fish – a manta ray that breathes, flexes and varies, taking in and releasing light, filtering it inside. “To achieve diffuse light and minimise the need for internal supporting columns or pillars, we designed a double exterior-interior skin using an aluminium and glass honeycomb structure. The 118


double layers of the ‘skin’ allow natural light in, creating attractive effects within the internal spaces. The cladding is made of alveolus-shaped metal and glass panels of different sizes that can be partially opened. The undulating roof has variations in height that allude to the surrounding landscape. It was specifically designed to have spatial qualities, not just lie flat. “The design appears less three-dimensional as you rise, and more articulated near the ground.” The outer facade protects the building against rain and has a high reflection ratio of direct sun

These pages:Upon reflection – even the most jaded traveller is invigorated by interiors that offer something to catch the eye at every turn. Terminal 3 is the largest public space in Shenhzen and features a variety of high-end retail options under its curving roof form. Even the casual seating has a fluid, sculptural quality.

radiation. It is constructed as single glass windows with imprints, and without insulation on the opaque parts. Insulation and double-glazed windows are on the inner facade. The outer and inner windows are placed in such a way that direct sun coming into the building is reduced to a maximum of 20% of the total glass surface. Sandwiched between the skins of the facade, there is a complex structure that minimises energy consumption and emissions, the architects say. The construction space between the inner and outer facade is used as an exhaust air plenum,

creating an air stream that expels the heat gain. Water pipes on the upper side of the insulated opaque panels of the inner facade further prevent heat transfer by absorbing the sun’s radiation. The interiors of Terminal 3 are just as dramatic as the exterior – travellers may well feel they are inside the belly of a giant fish. The focal point is the concourse located at the intersection of the two principle forms. This consists of three levels – departure, arrivals and services – all vertically connected to create full-height voids that let natural light filter from the highest level down to the lowest. SEARCH | SAVE | SHARE AT


This multifloor solid structure is constructed with reinforced concrete slabs and down-stand beams. It is supported by columns based on an 18m grid in public spaces, for a spacious, airy feel, and a 9m grid in non-public spaces. Cantilevered columns around the terminal concourse perimeter support the steel roof structure. For travellers, the terminal has a spatial fluidity. Responding to the request for an environment that is enjoyable to engage with, the interiors reflect the idea of movement and the idea of pause. Carefully assessing the human experience of large-scale 122


environments, the architects focused on process times, walking distances, ease of orientation, crowding, and the availability of desired amenities. And of course travellers enjoy the appearance of the terminal as they move around in it. Among the many dramatic visual features are the white ‘trees’ that serve as air conditioning vents. These sculptural elements are dotted all along the terminal and the concourse, continuing the theme of amorphous forms inspired by nature. And the airy, patterned ceiling that arches above passengers can also be seen when they look down.

Preceding pages:The terminal features white conical support columns that rise to the roof on a cathedral-like scale. These pages:The multi-level concourse allows vistas through the building, adding to the sense of lighness and volume. Airconditioning vents in the shape of trees add sculptural interest.

The check-in ‘islands’, gates and passport-check area all have a stainless steel finish that perfectly reflects the honeycomb lattice overhead. And the highly polished floor offers similar reflections. “Reactions to Terminal 3 have been extremely positive,” say the architects. “In fact, the client is so pleased with the design that it is taking the unusual step of pursuing copyright on it.” save | share Search 42987 at

Project:Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport Terminal 3 Architect:Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas Architects, Rome Construction company:China State Construction Engineering Corporation; China Construction Eighth Engineering Division Structures, facade, parametric design:Knippers Helbig Engineering, Stuttgart, New York Lighting consultant:Speirs & Major Associates, London Architect of record:Beijing Institute of Architectural Design Story by Charles Moxham Photography courtesy of Archivio Fuksas



Project Moa Business Studios

Location: Waiheke Island

Interior designer: Yellowfox

FRESH INSPIRATION A much-loved part of the Waiheke landscape, Moa Hall has been transformed into three commercial studios – the Yellowfox design merges the classic and the eclectic

Left and above right:An oldworld front door and wrought iron railing bring a rustic accent to the entrances to Moa Hall Business Studios on Waiheke Island. The exterior and interior design is by Yellowfox. Lower right:To the rear, the studios have expansive open decks ideal for entertaining or relaxing. The studios have been designed to suit a trio of small businesses working in complementary fields.

When a much-loved historic building receives a new lease of life, it makes sense that the interior designers will match its traditional good looks with the spirit of today. After 70 years, Moa Hall on Waiheke Island has already enjoyed many lives. Most recently known as Moa Hall Art Gallery, the celebrated blue building has now been completely refreshed, says designer Shelley Brockliss of Yellowfox, the interior design firm that undertook the makeover. “The hall stands proud again, its historic charm balanced by the warmth and flavour of the evereclectic Waiheke lifestyle.” Renamed Moa Business Studios, it now comprises three purpose-built studios that accommodate up to three professionals each. The spaces are designed with flair and offer an enviable worklife balance on the island. “Each studio features a large modern bathroom to shower or freshen up in after a swim, run or lunchtime walk,” says Brockliss. “The studios are fitted with fully equipped kitchenettes and large decks for client entertaining. All enjoy views into the 124


garden – perfect for relaxing on at the end of the day while sipping a crisp Waiheke wine.” Finished in a style that calls to mind rustic Spanish Modernism, and loft-style living, the studios feature products and materials from Yellowfox’s trusted network of suppliers. “As with most projects, first impressions were important. The rough-sawn, stained timber garden box contains delicate white geraniums that cascade over the sides, softening the lower facade of the building on approach. “Colourful striped awnings from Cool Awnings are a playful touch and protect the doors from southerly weather and the midday sun. The beaten wrought iron balustrades were fabricated locally, by Absolute Gates, and make an apt lead-up to the oversized Spanish doors, sourced from LA Imports. These rustic doors are a focal point of the facade and give the studios much of their immediate character. They are in a European colonial style that has been adapted for the New Zealand way of life. Colonial entry hardware from Fusion was chosen to emphasise their solidity and strength.”

Stepping inside, high ceilings with oversized beams and a washed brick facade wall, by Aspiring Walls, give a loft-like feel to the studios. “A halo of light falls delicately down the walls, creating an immediately restful ambience,” says Brockliss. “This was achieved with Fluro T5 strip lighting nested above the beams.” These energy-efficient lights were sourced from Lighthouse Remuera. “The floors are the original matai planks, which



date back to the 1940s. Due to the age of the building, some of them had to be replaced. To maintain the right look, we stripped out some of the exterior matai weatherboards and sent them to the Kauri Warehouse in Auckland where they were machined into tongue-and-groove floorboards.” The kitchenettes in the three studios are by CC Interiors. These were originally designed as island benches but then modified to include a sink and tap. These compact kitchens are enhanced by

These pages:Light-filled and airy, the studios are finished in a style that celebrates the rich history of the hall and yet adds a breezy, modern functionality.

hanging pendants in various colours by Bauhaus. Oversized cavity sliders optimise available space and allow light into the bathrooms. The latter are personalised with a splash of saturated colour. All paint used throughout the studios is from Resene. The colours were inspired by the location – Resene Spotlight for the sun, Resene Elvis for the water, and Resene Moxie to represent the Waiheke bush. The wall colours extend through the glass shower walls, from Image Glass, to the adjacent

toilet wall. The bathroomware and toilets in the Moa Business Studios were supplied by Robertson, with all building materials on the project from Carters. For details, contact Yellowfox Auckland or Yellowfox Waiheke, phone 09) 525 3450, fax (09) 525 3453. Website: save | share Search 43366 at



NATURAL FOOTING In a design world increasingly driven by sustainability, the recycling of materials offers a valuable proposition – Kauri Warehouse expands your design options

Recycling is essential for the good of our environment, and recycling and repurposing takes this to the next, more versatile, level. Kauri Warehouse Ltd is a leading supplier of New Zealand timbers, specialising in recycled flooring. With stocks of rimu, matai, kauri and tawa, the firm can help architects, designers or specifiers to match an existing floor or create a superb look for a new-build project, says manager Joe Davy. “As well as recycling beautiful old floorboards we also offer another interesting service. We can take weatherboards off a house, strip off the paint and repurpose them as tongue-and-groove floorboards. “We did this recently for the Yellowfox fit-out of Moa Business Studios. On this project, we sent out our own team to strip the weatherboards to ensure we gained the maximum yield. The floors in the original Moa Hall were generally in good condition, but in places where walls had been realigned, additional flooring was needed to transform the old building into the pristine business spaces required.” Kauri Warehouse also carries the Rickman Mouldings range of pine and Pacific rimu mouldings, and has supplies of recycled Australian hardwood beams. “Hardwoods are popular for both residential and commercial renovations, while pine is more often used in new buildings,” says Davy. Auckland Timber Floors, an arm of Kauri Warehouse, offers the expertise needed to achieve a feature timber floor for a project. This includes everything from laying, sanding and polyurethaning to splicing into existing floors, patching and repairs. For details, contact Kauri Warehouse, phone +64 9 276 7633. Email: save | share Search 43541 at

Above:Matai weatherboards were stripped and reused as tongue-and-groove flooring for the new Moa Business Studios. 128


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Project Takanini Village

Location: Takanini

Architect: Construkt Architects

MASTERPLANNED COMMUNITY Building a new town centre from scratch provides an ideal opportunity to masterplan an holistic mixed-use development that can establish a benchmark for the future

Most towns evolve over time, often with a haphazard mix of buildings and amenities that were never part of a well-considered urban plan. Takanini Village, in contrast, is an example of what can be achieved when urban design principles are put into practice right from the start. The mixed-used development was designed by Construkt Architects for Tonea Investments. Much of the first stage, which comprises 12,800m2 of retail and commercial space, is already open for business. Construkt Architects director David Gibbs says the development represents an important step forward for Takanini. “The site is ideally located to form a mixed-use ‘bridge’ between the Commercial 2 zoning of Great South Road and the large residential catchment to the east,” he says. “With the 5.4ha site catering to retail, office, live/work, residential and community uses, and providing improved public transport links, the project is of regional significance.” 130


Stage 1 includes four distinctive buildings with good street exposure. The architecture is contemporary in expression, with low maintenance buildings and good-quality materials used throughout. Many buildings have north-facing frontages, large canopies and generous pavement widths. Bruce Wallace, chief executive of Tonea Investments, says the firm specially chose Construkt Architects because it wanted a clear point of difference. “The character of the buildings has been a great success; the architecture is unique. The buildings have set the tone for Takanini Village and will establish the direction for Stage Two.” For more details, contact Construkt Architects, phone +64 9 373 4900, mobile 021 818 412. Email: Web: save | share Search 43527 at

Above:The new Takanini Village development, designed by Construkt Architects, has been planned to meet the needs of both residents and businesses. The masterplan not only provides good street exposure for retail tenants, but also incorporates a landscaped central car parking area. This has been designed to be attractive, safe and pedestrian friendly, while providing ample parking to encourage shoppers.

FUTURE PROOFED Shaping a mixed-use development starts with a clear overall vision for the area, says leading urban design specialist Transurban

Achieving a good urban outcome was the focus for the company responsible for the planning and urban design of the Takanini Village development. Transurban has been involved in the project since the original structure plan was developed more than a decade ago, says director Nick Rae. “We were commissioned very early on in the process,” he says. “The council had planned to change the zoning for the area, but we helped with an Environmental Court appeal to uphold the original structure plan to enable the first stage of this mixed-use centre to go ahead.” Rae says a priority for the urban design team was the integration of the centre with the adjoining Addison residential area, which had no supporting community infrastructure. “We were very aware of the need to provide a high-street type environment along the Arion Road edge, with wide pavements, good amenities and accessible buildings. We wanted to avoid a big box scenario with the anchor tenant, so The Warehouse premises are wrapped with smaller retail premises. “Consideration was also given to noise levels. The building forms were designed to screen noise from the railway line. The height of buildings at key locations was planned to assist with scale and legibility. We also wanted to avoid a sea of car parks, so buildings screen and visually break up these areas, with extensive landscaping helping to create a lush, green environment.” For more details, contact Transurban Limited, PO Box 90921, Victoria Street West, Auckland 1142, phone +64 9 309 2555. Alternatively email: Or visit the website: save | share Search 43247 at

Above:Urban design specialist Transurban helped establish the concept and design detail for the new Takanini Village. SEARCH | SAVE | SHARE AT


RAISING THE BAR A high standard of specification is evident in both the choice of materials and the construction of the Takanini Village development

Developments built as part of an investment portfolio can reflect a much closer attention to detail than those that are speculative projects. Takanini Village is a case in point. The mixed-use development by Tonea Investments is a long-term investment for the company, which is associated with the renowned Wallace Group. Another related company, Wallace Construction, was responsible for supplying all the carpentry and concreting services on the project. Project manager Christopher Wallace says because the Wallace Group is looking to maintain ownership of the development, the emphasis has always been on the quality of the build. “This was never about rushing a development through for a quick gain,” Wallace says. “Even the materials and the facades reflect a much higher standard of specification that would normally be seen in such a development. For example, several of the buildings feature cedar wood cladding and fins, and we have used high-quality purple heart timber for the car park bridges and walkways. “We also decided very early on that once the



development is completed, no plant will be visible on the roof of the buildings. Maintaining that level of quality has a positive spin-off – it lifts the entire area and establishes a benchmark for the future.” Wallace says the company is already at the planning stage for Takanini Village Stage Two, and will ensure the quality is maintained at the same high level. Wallace Construction has been in business for 30 years. Specific work undertaken by the company on this project included supplying all the labour and materials for the carpentry works, and providing skilled labour for in situ concrete works, including precast placement, footings, basement car parks and columns. For more details, contact Wallace Construction, 296 Porchester Rd, Takanini 2112, phone +64 9 298 3630. Email: Website: save | share Search 43526 at

Below:Takanini Village, developed by Tonea Investments, reflects an holistic approach to the design of a retail precinct. Like a traditional high street, retail outlets engage passers-by, and the anchor tenant (The Warehouse) building is wrapped by smaller retail premises, to minimise the impact of an extralarge building on the streetscape. Right:Cedar cladding is indicative of the high standard of specification required for the development, which is a long-term investment for Tonea Investments, a subsidiary of the Wallace Group.

FROM THE GROUND UP An early involvement in the design process was instrumental in achieving a good result, says Dominion Constructors, the main contractor for the Takanini Village development

When the key players in a major development are able to come on board early, the outcome is invariably improved. Dominion Constructors, the main contractor for the Takanini Village development, managed and contributed to the design process, liaising with and co-ordinating all the relevant parties, says senior project manager Brendan Lindsey. “Being involved right from the start ensures that the end product is the right result for our clients, with the best value for money,” he says. “For this project, we undertook a comprehensive value management review in the early stages, giving the client the opportunity to be involved in the design process. We were able to give the client a clear understanding on what options were available and associated costs. “This scope of this project was broad – it involved numerous buildings with many tenants, as well as roading, paving and extensive landscaping. Some tenants also had specific requirements that needed integration with the base build construction” Lindsey says Dominion Constructors’ focus on building collaborative relationships between the client, consultants and subcontractors was a major influence on the successful outcome. “We targeted partnerships with subcontractors who had proven track records of delivering similar projects. Their involvement in the design process added more depth to the team.” Lindsey says the successful delivery meant The Warehouse, the anchor tenant, was able to open three months ahead of contract completion date. For more details, contact Dominion Constructors PO Box 17254, Greenlane, Auckland 1546, phone +64 9 526 5808. Website: save | share Search 43520 at

Above:Dominion Constructors was the main contractor for the Takanini Village development.




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Project ASB Community Trust building extension

Location: Ponsony, Auckland

Architect: Salmond Reed Architects

NEW KID ON THE BLOCK Standing proud among the heritage buildings on Auckland’s Ponsonby Road, this new build is defined by its titanium zinc cladding and custom rain heads

There’s a certain expectation that a new building introduced to a heritage streetscape will be of a similar stature in terms of architectural merit. The new ASB Community Trust building, which adjoins historic Allendale House, is such a project. Designed by heritage architectural firm Salmond Reed Architects, the building features custom titanium zinc Eurowall standing seam cladding and matching trim and raingoods, all of which were fabricated and fitted by Metal Design Solutions (MDS). Jan Alberts of MDS says that right from the outset the architects had a clear vision of how the building would look, right down to the minutiae of every detail. “It was a very considered, careful design approach, which is reflected in the completed building,” he says. “The new contemporary architecture preserves and enhances the dignity of the existing heritage building on Ponsonby Road.” The attention to detail extends to the apparent randomness of the width and length of the panels on the cladding, which were all pre-determined. “The large triangular rain heads are another distinguishing feature,” says Alberts. “They are very playful, yet precise. The building also benefits from the play of light on the titanium zinc cladding, which changes according to the time of day.” Alberts says that in addition to the pleasing aesthetics, titanium zinc provides a highly durable cladding well suited to a range of applications. For more details, contact Metal Design Solutions Ltd, PO Box 33, Drury, Auckland 2247, phone +64 9 640 0009. Web: save | share Search 42874 at

Above:Titanium zinc Eurowall standing seam cladding from Metal Design Solutions features on this new Ponsonby building. 136


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China State Construction Engineering Corporation 129 Classique 4 Clipsal C-Bus 33 Coalesse 53 Complete Fire Design 17 Composite Floor Decks IFC-1 Construkt Architects 130 Contract Construction 16-93 Cosgroves 93 Cotter, Lou 8-17 Crittall Arnold 93 Damant, Mark 8-17 Denham Constructions 40-45 Denton, Robert 40-45 Dexion Supply Centre 66 Dimond 33 Direct Control 33 Dominion Constructors 134 Dorf 139 Dulux 17 Dumont, Greg 46-53 Engineering Partners 44 EPCAD Landscape Architects 17 Essence Printing 53 ETC 17 Euroglass 93 Everett, Nicole 53 Express Metalwork 33 Finelite 53 Fire Fighting Pacific 93 Flanagan Consulting Group 17 Floorspace 37 Flotex 33 Focal Point 53 Forbo 44, 53 Forman Building Systems 68-69 Forman Commercial Interiors 68-69, 93 Forté Health 98-105 Forward 50 Pte Ltd 54-59 Framerite Installations 33 Fung, David 24 Furniture Lab 65 G James Glass and Aluminium 17 George Grant Engineering 34, 35 GlassArt 85 Graham Hill Roofing 93 GSA Engineering 17 Gunlocke 53 Guy Refrigeration 85 GWA Bathrooms & Kitchens 2-3, 74-75, 139 H2O Consultants 17

Hansen Yuncken 17 Hardware Direct 33 Hawkins Construction 26-33 Henkes, Martin 86-93 Hobsonville Primary & Secondary Schools 26-33 Holmes Fire 33 Huntsman Architectural Group 46-53 Hutchinson Associates 17 Inside Source/Young 53 InsulPro 129 Interface 44, 53, 59 InZone 129 Isthmus Landscaping 33 Jacobsen 33 JHA Consulting Engineers 44 Joan Freeman Science Art and Technology Centre, SCEGGS 40-45 John Cooper Flooring 93 Kartell 53 Kauri Warehouse 128 Kirk Roberts Consulting Engineers 93 Kitchen Things 140-IBC Kiwi Roofing 33 Klein 105 Knippers Helbig Engineering 123 Kone 85 Kurt Versen 53 Kwek, Christopher 54-59 Lampa 53 Laserlite 44 Lead Dao Technology and Engineering 24 Learning Infrastructure Partnership 26-33 Lighthouse 135 Lighting Network 135 Litecontrol 53 Lithium, San Francisco 46-53 Liu, Hui 24 Livefirm 33 Lloyd George Acoustics 17 Locker Group OBC Logix 33 Lorna Harrison Pty Ltd 44 Louvretec 85 Lysaght 17, 44 Ma, Johnson 24 Mash Studios 53 Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas Architects 116-123

Master Kelwin 33 Matisse International 94-95 McColl, Bronwyn 8-17 McMillan Electric Co 53 MechoShade 53 Meckley, David 46-53 Medland Metropolis 44 Merit Projects 17 Metal Design Solutions 136 Minton Door 53 Mitsubishi 33 Moa Business Studios 124-128 Modular Arts 53 Moooi 53 Mott MacDonald 44 N-Compass Ltd 103 Nauhria 85 Nippon Paint 59 Norman Disney & Young 17 NZ Windows 85 O’Rourke, Kate 46-53 Office Planner Pte Ltd 59 Open Doors 85 Panasonic 33 Paramount Stainless 85 Plaster Services 93 Powell Fenwick Consultants 104 Precision Landscapes 44 RawFire 44 Rawlinsons 102 Redco 85 Resene 17, 33, 39, 61 Restoration Hardware 53 Rider Levett Bucknall 85 Ron Rumble Pty Ltd 17 Roofing the Bay 85 RPA Architects 8-17 Ruan, Anthony 24 Rynat Industries 17 Schindler Lifts NZ 93 Schlage 53 SGI Architectural 17 Shaw Contract Group 33 Shenyang Yuanda Aluminium Industry Engineering 24 Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport Terminal 3 116-123 Sheppard & Rout Architects 86-93 Sherwin-Williams 53 Skyline Construction 46-53 Smeg 59 Smith Crane & Construction 93 Smoke Control NZ 85 Smooth-Air 71

Sofo, John 26-33 South Island Architectural Composites 93 Spectrum Lighting 53 Speirs & Major Associates 123 SRS 93 Steel & Tube 93 Stewart Browne Group 85 Stoanz 137 Superlux 33 Suzhou Institute of Architectural Design 24 Takanini Village 130-134 Tandus Flooring 53 Tanner Kibble Denton Architects 40-45 Tarkett 33 Taubmans 17 The Buchan Group 8-17 The Cairns Institute, James Cook University 8-17 The Laminex Group 17 TimberLab Solutions 97 Tonkin & Taylor 33 Transurban 131 Trends Publishing International 36, 38, 70 Van der Lingen, Jasper 86-93 Vertilux 17 Vode 53 Wagner, Sascha 46-53 Wallace Construction 132-133 Wang, Dongwei 24 Wang, Kevin 24 Warner Music, Singapore 54-59 Warwick 60, 72-73 We-ef Lighting 67 Wen, Andy 18-25 Wen, Larry 24 West Elm 53 Wilson & Hill Architects 100 Wingate + Farquhar 76-85 Wingate, David 76-85 Wolf Gordon Wink 53 Woods Bagot 8-17 WT Partnership 33 Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University Administration Information Building 18-25 Xin, Lily 24 Yan, Kevin 24 Yellowfox 124-127 Young Hunter House 86-93





Designed and engineered in Australia specifically to suit the Australian lifestyle, Dorf’s new Epic range encapsulates modern design trends. Every aspect of the Epic range has been carefully considered from the consistent subtle curves, advanced engineering and the quick and secure installation system. The Dorf Epic range is the perfect balance between form and function.


APPLIANCES COME FIRST Great kitchens are designed around the appliances. We can help you source the best solution for your clients’ cooking and entertaining requirements



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COMMERCIAL DESIGN TRENDS Australia/New Zealand Vol 30/03  

Education, Office Interiors, Project Portfolio

COMMERCIAL DESIGN TRENDS Australia/New Zealand Vol 30/03  

Education, Office Interiors, Project Portfolio