Sovereign House was a collaboration between Jasmax and Bligh Voller Nield Architects from start to finish. The partnership was one of synergy and the result is a project that enters into significant areas of innovation, with sustainable building practice, radical workplace design and detailing solutions that come together as an integrated whole.
The external expression of the building is derived from its internal functions. A delicate ephemeral mesh screen shrouds the workplace’s glazed sections. Solid concrete and aluminium panels offer material contrast, which echo through to the interior.
Multiple linear atriums divide workspaces to enable sunlight to penetrate deep into the workable. The building incorporates an active multi-service chilled beam installation, to regulate internal climate, which provides significant sustainability advantages over traditional air conditioning systems. The omission of conventional ceilings enabled the integration of direct and indirect lighting into the chilled beams - a possible world first. Rainwater is harvested from the roof and paved areas to provide 100% of cooling tower and 70% of toilet-flushing requirements.
The internal common area is criss-crossed with suspended tracks. Exposed castings of concrete reveal the wood structures involved in the composition. These elements combined to give balance between weight and lightness; a sense of gravity and of suspension.
The sheer rises and drops of great magnitude and the shifts in scale of internal spaces give a sense of drama to the central atrium where people gather for meetings, lunch and social events. The location of services away from the workplace deliberately encourages frequent movement across this dramatic space, thus promoting healthy work practices and enabling adhoc interaction or ‘bump’ to occur.
- 2008 NZIA - Resene New Zealand Award for Architecture – Commercial / Industrial and Interiors
- 2008 Best Awards - Purple Pin - Winner