AUCKLAND HARBOUR BOARD
Developed for the original Auckland Harbour Board, the evocative design overcame stringent controls of the Client Authority, Auckland City Council and the senior judge of the planning authority in 1979.
Careful modelling of the building form, wind tunnel testing and the use of video modelling for the Planning Authority successfully deflected challenge for the hotel opposite.
Constructed above an old sea wall, half the structure was founded in landfill and half into an old lava flow in the harbour bed. This produced creative major structural solutions by the engineers.
The original building accommodated all the Harbour Board Departments and provided surveillance over the domain of these operations.
The building provided a visual reference point to an area of the waterfront previously undistinguished and of muted character.
Careful and sensitive detailing throughout the building imparted a richness and quality of space to the offices and milieux. The foyer in particular was evocative in the metaphors of working ships gantries and caulked timber decks.
New Princes Wharf developments are going to impact on and submerge this distinctive city building into a developers dream.
The glass panels encapsulating the lift and service tower play with ever-changing reflections and light depending on the time of day and viewing angle.
The building provides a visual linkage between the waterfront and city and a counterpoint to the historic Ferry Building nearby.
1986 NZIA National Design Award
1986 NZIA Branch Awards: Interiors