This building presented particular challenges, located close to a railway line and busy street. The architects’ solution was to distance it as far from the railway as possible, organise the plan to insulate sensitive activities from noise and vibration, ad to select materials to assist acoustic and vibration, and to select materials to assist acoustic and thermal performance, while meeting Waitakere City’s environmental objectives. Natural light and ventilation are used extensively without compromising acoustic performance. To ensure it contributes to the immediate neighbourhood a new public square and courtyard connect the Centre to Totara Avenue and existing shops.
NZIA Auckland Jury Citation 2001