21 Nov 2022
Studio Pacific is delighted to announce that Brandon House and Massey University Refectory received New Zealand Architecture awards at the 2022 Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects annual awards ceremony last Friday.
A massive congratulations to all other winners of the evening and to our clients, collaborators and our project teams.
“This refurbishment preserves and repurposes an ageing structure on a prominent city corner. Detailed research thoroughly considered the building’s lifecycle costs, establishing that reuse and spatial optimisation was economically and environmentally feasible. Appropriate use of timber allows the retained concrete structure to be extended vertically by three floors. A taut skin of bronze glazing stretches across the elegant tower, with a considered streetscape to the base, and crisp metal-clad capital at a high level. The intelligently reorganised commercial floor plan captures precious harbour views at upper levels. The curved corner softens the façade, reflecting adjacent buildings and adding a dramatic internal experience of the street below.”
Learn more about Brandon House here.
“Designed by Roy Lippincott in the 1930s, the refectory has been subject to a series of unforgiving interventions. This carefully managed restoration returns the building to its original configuration, while addressing accessibility and environment. Intelligently located seismic work integrates with the existing fabric and belies the complexity of these interventions. Where possible, existing heritage elements have been meticulously reinstated. Heritage discoveries are sensitively retained and expressed, returning layers of history and use. The architects’ decision to reinstate the building’s configuration and reassemble the central volume in its original condition, using reconstructed plasterwork, lighting and decorative features, brings this heritage building back to life. Their rigorous process contributes greatly to the project’s success.”
Learn more about Massey University Refectory building here.