New Fanshawe Street building completed
On a site adjacent to Victoria Park on the edge of Auckland’s CBD the brief a medium scale, speculative commercial development. Located on a busy intersection; one side faces a major arterial route into the city and the other looks across semi rural parkland.
Medium sized floor plates (1300 m²) have a ceiling height of 3 metres and a maximum distance to external glazing of 11 metres. An internal courtyard protects daylight to the internal, eastern façade and provides for building servicing, and car park access.
The Northern façade responds to the scale and busy nature of Fanshawe St with a slightly taller building height and a series of rhythmic yet playful vertical concrete fins spanning three floors, forming a strong edge to the street, and providing shading from the northern sun.
The Western façade overlooks Victoria Park with full height glazing at the two lower levels, and clear full height glazing for the upper levels. Light aluminum vertical fins to control solar gain from the west.
The two façades slide past each other at the corner where a glazed wall spans between the two elements, bringing people and activity into the street corner. The glazed wall is cut back at street level to provide shelter for pedestrians, and links back to the building entry with a short portico along Halsey Street.
Sustainable features include shading, high performance glazing, and high levels of insulation, T5 light fittings and low water usage fittings. Cooling and heating is by a VRV multi split air-conditioning system controlled by a building management system.