An equal inspiration is the ambition of the University to consolidate all the Business related departments under one roof to foster teaching, collaboration and exchange in the Auckland business community and nationwide. Therefore at the heart of this complex are two interconnected spaces that create a shared centre of scholarly community; a welcoming forecourt defined through the gentle curve of the embracing ribbons that reinterprets traditional Polynesian and Maori spaces for dialogue and meeting, and the focal atrium that gathers and connects all levels with ‘social-hub’ bridges, platforms busy with meeting and collaboration.
The building meets three important environmental and social sustainability initiatives. Firstly, an open and inviting building form inspired by the landscape and ‘flow’ of the site, thus connecting the natural and urban qualities of the site and reaching out to both Maori and Western cultures and the academic and business worlds. Secondly the environmental, breathable skin that mediates the conditions within the building, created through a multilayered facade with a combination of stainless steel, high performance operable glazing and suspended exterior glass sun / glare screen, featuring the worlds first integrated titanium interlay system that mitigates solar gain and glare for mixed mode natural ventilation and good natural lighting.
Finally, an emphasis on exchange, transparency, openness and collegiality in the design of all the interior and exterior spaces, both structured teaching and social / informal, to create a new type of environment that will promote learning and innovation, as a place of knowledge exchange and collaboration for all.