111 Wellesley Street
 

111 Wellesley Street

Client:
Sales Technology

Location:
Auckland

Completion:
2000

Size:
880m2

Project Value:
$1m

Contact:
Malcolm Bowes

“A closer inspection reveals a lot of architecture in this small building. Indeed, in the absence of irony, excess or that retro-modern stylism that trivialises so much current work, one is convinced by its directness and – to use an already overexposed term – transparency.”

Charles Walker Architecture New Zealand, January/February 2001

The brief for this project was to convert an existing city fringe warehouse into offices for a computer software company to offer a combination of open plan and cellular offices.

Access to natural light and outlook lay at the core of the initial design investigations; it was decided that the best option on such a compact site was to have only one stair for access.

This restricted the amount of space able to be built under fire egress and accessibility regulations, to slightly less than two full upper floors. The solution was to follow a simple courtyard form, allowing the remainder area to be used positively as an outdoor room, light well and spatial organiser, providing visual connection both vertically and horizontally.

The design allows the new work to aggregate with the old, to add rather than subsume.

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Client:
Sales Technology

Location:
Auckland

Completion:
2000

Size:
880m2

Project Value:
$1m

Contact:
Malcolm Bowes

Awards

NZIA Auckland Architecture Award – Commercial and Industrial 2001