ANZ Raranga at Sylvia Park
Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland
Typical Floorplate size
Sylvia Park is New Zealand’s favourite shopping centre; with its wide selection of retailers complemented by entertainment and dining options it has already become a destination in itself. The addition of the first office building on-site supports Sylvia Park’s ambitions to transform into a vibrant town centre.
The 10 storey, ANZ Raranga building is located close to the centre’s heart and extends the existing restaurant precinct westward. Food and beverage operators on ground floor face north and encompass The Grove dining district, which includes a new landscaped square and forms the entrance to the dining precinct.
The entrance lobby for the office building has its address on the mall’s ring road, Te Kehu Way. A side core on the building’s southern façade provides access to large (36 x 36m), efficient and flexible floorplates.
Floors two to nine are arranged in three ‘vertical villages’ around north facing atria, each with inter-floor connections. The atria sit behind the northern façade, creating large 6 x 16m windows, which visually connect the workplace to The Grove and Mt Wellington, the area’s volcanic cone. Lifts open to the north with direct access to the floorplate and a view to the atrium and beyond. Suspended stairs in the atrium encourage users to walk between floors.
The entrance lobby provides a ‘third place’, a comfortable welcoming space where people who work in the building can meet amongst themselves and with visitors. The lobby features three different areas for meetings; short-stay leaners, café-style seating in the main area, and the quieter, timber paneled room with comfortable seating. The lobby is also a connecting element: a ‘golden’ spiral stair provides direct access to the workspaces on level 1, making the lobby space their front of house.
A sliding wall links the lobby to a café and from there to The Grove and dining lane to the north. The café also operates a coffee counter in the lobby. A large artwork in the form of a feature curtain allows the lobby’s interior to transition through the seasons.