This project occupies a key corner site in Auckland’s CBD, bridging the gap between the Viaduct harbour and Victoria Park. The Vodafone building fits into a larger masterplan of three buildings. Above ground they create independent identities, below they work in unison with carparking and servicing.
The curved glass of the south wall engages directly with the flow of the busy arterial route of Fanshawe St. Transparent glass lines the street edge, allowing passers-by to gaze in at the building’s interior.
Presenting the public with a workplace in action meets the client’s desire for the building to echo their culture of transparency, innovative work practices, design for new technologies and their vibrant connection with the outside world.
A deep fissure with cavity walls of glass and steel provides entry to the building’s north side and the plaza. With the south wall pushed to the edges of the street, the north side operates as a porous grid, providing entry to the building and giving defined space to the plaza and the viaduct harbour.
The offset facade visually overlays different glass types allowing variable light conditions to define shifts in scale between the rectilinear structural framework, louvres and shading devices. Engineering detailing gives thin edges to the floor planes that appear suspended in the grid, creating a building of fluidity, clarity and seamlessness.
- 2006 Property Council NZ - Rider Hunt Supreme Award
- 2006 Property Council NZ - Rider Hunt Excellence Award
- 2006 NZIA National Award – Commercial & Industrial - Winner
- 2005 NZIA Local Award – Commercial & Industrial
- 2005 NZIA Local Award – Interior - Winner
- 2005 NZIA Resene Colour Awards – Colour Award
- 2005 Best Awards - Gold Pin - Winner