3 years 11 months ago

Kauri Timber Building NZIA Award

Kelly McEwan

Teaming up with Fearon Hay Architects, we collaborated with the development of this inner city complex – that, we may add, has recently won a reputable award.

This beautiful building had a win with commercial architecture at the Auckland Architects Awards. Designed to enhance its original heritage, with an adjacent and more modern building, rising up on Fanshawe Street, it is one of 3 original heritage buildings remaining in Freeman’s Bay.  

The original Kauri Timber building was constructed 1881 to serve the logging industry in Auckland. The land adjacent to the space presented an opportunity to build on the buildings heritage, while making use of a premium location.

The new structure’s Fanshawe Street façade is a vertical plane that is presented as a series of fluted, perforated metal screens. In a nod to the site’s history, the structure is rolled into a series of linked arcs, referencing the massed logs once collected in this part of the waterfront and sold from within the building.

The ground floor fenestration of the original building has been remodelled based on historical photographs and now provides retail and hospitality tenants a large scale visual presence to Fanshawe Street.

We are proud to have worked on a piece of Auckland’s history and love how the finished product turned out - and apparently so did the judges at the Auckland Architect Awards.

Click below to view the completed project.