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)