Summer Scholar James Holth’s Research Completed
Congratulations to James Holth, one of our summer scholars, who has completed his research into the effectiveness of modern open plan office environments in New Zealand. Office workplaces have become increasingly open plan and more recently the space allocation per person has been reducing. As part of his scholarship, James submitted a poster detailing his findings in Victoria University’s Summer Gold competition.
See the poster here.
(2 April 2015)
Leaning tower for Wellington airport designed by Studio Pacific Architecture
Studio Pacific Architecture’s design for Airways New Zealand's new Control Tower at Wellington International Airport has been publicly released now that Planning Consent is sought for the building.
On the back of the award-winning 'Rock' International Terminal at Wellington International Airport, the control tower is likely to be noticed by pilots and the public alike.
Positioned for optimal controller sight lines and visibility at the airport, the tower appears to be leaning into Wellington’s prevailing northerly wind.
'Control towers all over the world are often uniquely shaped to reflect the places around them. In our case, we have worked to design the lean into the building, echoing our own personal reaction to the strength of the Wellington winds,' says Studio Pacific Director Ev×en Novak.
Studio Pacific has partnered with Paris Magdelinos Architects of Napier, who designed the new air traffic control tower at Christcurch Airport, to deliver the specialist technical capability and design experience required to design a modern air traffic control tower. The structure uses the latest 21st Century seismic engineering in a collaboration with Holmes Engineers and Hawkins Construction. The building rests on base isolators and is designed to withstand severe earthquake shaking.
'Working with our client Airways’ strong brief, we have designed another creative and challenging work for Wellington, something that reflects the creativity of the city itself,' says Novak.
Studio Pacific’s architecture has often embraced strong and appealing forms. Past projects not only include the airport 'Rock', but also the Kumutoto Toilets and the 5 Star Meridian Building on Wellington’s waterfront.
'The intention of our design is to provide the functionality absolutely essential, in this case, to aviation safety while creating a dynamic building that is memorable and recognisable,' says Novak.
(31 March 2015)
Studio Pacific Celebrates Significant Staff Anniversary
Congratulations to Daryl Calder, who celebrates his 20 year anniversary with Studio Pacific this month.
Daryl has been hugely instrumental in helping create the successful and collaborative working environment enjoyed by Studio staff.
(2 February 2015)
Congratulations to our three newly registered architects
We are delighted to announce that we now have three newly registered architects in the Studio. Andrew Banks, Patrick Thompson and Sarah Rutledge have all been with us for much of their careers since graduating and have made valuable contributions to the Studio through their individual talents and hard work. During their time with the Studio they have shown considerable professional growth, taking on greater leadership roles on their respective projects and in building client relationships, which has prepared them well for the registration process. Congratulations to Andrew, Patrick and Sarah on a significant achievement in their careers.
(17 December 2014)
2014/2015 Summer Research Scholars welcomed to Studio Pacific
Over the summer months Studio Pacific will be hosting two research scholars from the Victoria University of Wellington summer scholars programme. James Holth will conduct research into the performance of the new 'dense' office fit outs and Alexis Dykman will undertake research into assessing best fit new timber technologies for a variety of construction circumstances.
Our summer scholars' research is expected to build on our current knowledge and provide useful information that will not only contribute to the Studio's future projects but provide a wider research benefit for the construction and property industries.
(28 November 2014)
Contact Energy Fit Out wins Best Award
The annual Best Awards were held on Friday 10th October and Studio Pacific’s Contact Energy fit out won a Silver Award in the Spatial Design – Office and Workplace Environments Category. The integrated fit out involved base build and tenant design teams working simultaneously to create a contemporary, flexible, open plan workspace design that allowed Contact to increase its staff numbers in the building from 300 to 500.
See all of this year’s winners at bestawards.co.nz.
(15 October 2014)
Studio Pacific Architecture Announces New Shareholders and Principals
It is with great pleasure we welcome and congratulate Daryl Calder, Michael Davis, Simon Hardy, Marcellus Lilley and Marc Woodbury to their new roles as Principals of Studio Pacific Architecture.
All five Principals have been instrumental in Studio Pacific’s successful growth over the past two decades and have made valuable contributions to the Studio through design excellence, the creation of valuable client relationships and team leadership. Their new positions within the company recognise their professional accomplishments, individual talents and skills.
The announcement of five new shareholding Principals in addition to the Studio’s existing founding shareholding Directors Nick Barratt-Boyes, Stephen McDougall, and Evzen Novak, is a natural and exciting progression for the company and puts Studio Pacific Architecture in a great position for future growth and development.
(4 September 2014)
Congratulations to Peggy Russell
A belated congratulations to Peggy Russell, one of our architectural graduates, who was recently awarded a scholarship from the Australian Association for Sustainability in Business Inc.
The scholarship covered half the registration fee for the 7th Making Cities Liveable Conference, which Peggy attended in July. Peggy also received funding from the Studio Study Pool to go towards her attendance at the event.
(1 September 2014)
Studio Pacific Celebrates Significant Staff Anniversaries
Studio Pacific is currently celebrating a number of significant service milestones achieved by several of our employees. These long-standing staff members have made major contributions to the Studio’s successful growth and our unique collaborative working environment.
Congratulations to Daryl Calder, Michael Davis, Wayne Lightfoot and Karl Frost, Marc Woodbury, Dorian Minty, Peter Mitchell, Richard Beatson, Bret Thurston and Marcellus Lilley, who have all been members of the Studio Pacific team for a number of years – ranging from 10 years to close to 20 years!
We are very lucky to have so many loyal staff at the Studio and we sincerely thank them for their hard work and dedication over the past years.
(13 August 2014)
Studio Pacific is delighted to announce the promotion of Dorian Minty to the position of “Creative Design Lead”.
Design is at the crux of the Studio’s success and we are fortunate to have some excellent designers in the Studio. Dorian has displayed a strong and key strength in his ability to design. He has proven his adaptability over his close to 14 years with the Studio and with others has contributed to many of our award winning projects.
In Dorian’s new role he will take on greater responsibility for sharing his knowledge and skills, through formally mentoring staff, greater involvement in design reviews and generally contributing to the design our projects.
(29 July 2014)
Wynyard Quarter Developer and Architects Chosen
Willis Bond & Co has been selected to develop the first residential precinct in downtown Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter. Studio Pacific is one of three top New Zealand architecture practices that will design the homes within the precinct, which will be made up of 500-600 apartments, townhouses and duplexes. The project is expected to house around 1,100 residents and will take eight to ten years to complete.
(8 July 2014)
Prefab Hall Officially Opens
Prefab Hall on Wellington’s Jessie Street was officially opened over the weekend. The hall sits behind Prefab Eatery and is now available for hire, catering events for up to 200 people. Both the hall and eatery were designed by Studio Pacific.
(23 June 2014)
Congratulations to 2014 Gold Award Winners
Studio Pacific congratulates former and current clients Contact Energy, Jeff and Bridget at Prefab, and DNA for their success at this year’s Gold Awards. Contact Energy secured the ACC Workplace Safety Award, Jeff and Bridget took home the Inspire Wellington Award and DNA was awarded Creative Gold.
To see all of this year’s Gold Award winners visit goldawards.co.nz.
(23 June 2014)
Harbour City Centre Wins Property Council New Zealand Property Industry Award
Wellington’s Harbour City Centre has been named Best in Category for Heritage and Adaptive Reuses at the 2014 Property Council New Zealand Property Industry Awards. Studio Pacific was the architect behind the refurbishment of the Category II heritage building, which was completed in conjunction with the fitout for tenant Contact Energy. To complete the project, Studio Pacific formed an integrated base build team and fit out design team, with the two teams collaborating successfully to achieve an outcome that reads as a single project.
(9 June 2014)
Meridian Building Wins Energy Management Award
Merely a week after scoring 5.5 stars out of 6 for base building energy performance under the NABERSNZ rating system, the Meridian Building has also been named the winner of the 2014 Philips Lighting Energy Management Award. The judges commented: “After setting the standard for design, this building’s now set the standard for management. You can’t get good performance this good without ongoing, exacting attention to detail, and the NABERSNZ score proves they’re getting it right. Exceptional.”
(5 June 2014)
Meridian Building Receives Highest NABERSNZ Energy Performance Rating So Far
NABERSNZ has rated Studio Pacific’s Meridian Building 5.5 stars out of 6 for base building energy performance, the highest rating to be given out so far. The Meridian Building was also the first commercial office building in New Zealand to receive a 5 Green Star rating. NABERSNZ was launched earlier this year with the aim of improving office building energy performance. More information about the rating system can be found at www.nabersnz.govt.nz.
(26 May 2014)
Studio Pacific Sponsors NZIA Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale
Studio Pacific is a proud sponsor of the NZIA Pavilion at this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale. The Biennale is the world’s leading architecture event and will run from 7 June to 23 November. New Zealand will be exhibiting for the first time and Studio Pacific's contribution will support the creative team as it designs an outstanding exhibition entitled 'Last, loneliest, loveliest'.
For more information visit venice.nzia.co.nz.
(20 May 2014)
Home of Compassion Crèche Relocation Underway
Work got underway today to relocate the historic Home of Compassion Crèche in Buckle Street, Wellington. The 100-year-old crèche is being moved back from its current site slightly to make way for the portal to the Memorial Park underpass. This is currently under construction. The Relocation/Heritage Management Plan for the crèche was prepared by Studio Pacific Architecture. This video demonstrates how the crèche will be relocated.
(19 May 2014)
William Clayton Building Refurbishment Given Green Light
Refurbishment work on the Ministry of Health’s head office on Molesworth Street will soon get underway after it was given the go ahead following two years of negotiations. Studio Pacific has completed preliminary design and gained Resource Consent for the project, which involves refurbishment work and an extension to the former William Clayton building.
Construction will begin later this year.
(3 May 2014)
Kumutoto Toilets Named One of the World’s 10 Best Public Toilets
Studio Pacific’s Kumutoto Toilets have been selected as one of the world’s top 10 public toilets by website Design Curial. Described by Design Curial as ‘perhaps the most unusual-looking toilets on our list’, they acknowledge that the loos make ‘a strong style statement’ as well as being practical.
Check out the full list at www.designcurial.com
(22 April 2014)