Prioritising Employee Satisfaction and Sustainability
Kiwi Income Property Trust in Association with ASB Bank
Auckland, New Zealand
5 Star Green Star rating – NZGBC
New Zealand Architecture Medal 2014
WAF High Commendation Office Buildings 2014
RAIA Interior Architecture Award in the International category 2014
Supreme Award – Property Council New Zealand Rider Levett Bucknall Property Industry Awards 2014
Property Council New Zealand – Hays Commercial Office Property Award 2014
Property Council New Zealand – Merit in Resene Green Building Property Award 2014
New Zealand Commercial Project Awards – Gold Award 2014
NZIA Architecture Medal 2014
NZIA Architecture Award – Interior Architecture 2014
NZIA Architecture Award – Commercial Architecture 2014
NZIA Architecture Award – Sustainable Architecture 2014
NZIA Auckland Architecture Award – Sustainable Architecture 2014
IDEA High Commendation International category 2014
Martin Feeney, Keryn Goble
ASB North Wharf, headquarters of ASB bank and the anchor project in Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter, was a first-rate example of flexible working spaces and sustainable design when it was completed in 2013. The building spans two sites, with a multi-level glazed walkway over a central public lane that provides access through to the adjacent Waterfront Theatre site.
The ‘Activity Based Working’ design presented a number of challenges that required performance based solutions. 15 individually themed, open areas were designed for flexible working also required a flexible evacuation design flexible to allow for the building’s occupants to move between floors. By utilising a performance based approach, Holmes Fire reduced the number of stairs required by a prescriptive solution, supporting the project’s objective to create an open and flexible layout. The evacuation plan also was designed to be flexible and utilise the open interconnecting stairs for egress in some fire scenarios.
Sustainability was also a significant factor that influenced the design and use of the building. The addition of a ventilating funnel and controlled internal shading have assisted in the reduction of the building’s energy use by 50% and resulted in the completed building achieving NZGBC 5 Star Green Star Rating for Office Design. While the ventilation funnel provided beneficial natural lighting throughout the building, Holmes Fire designed a smoke management system that not only aligned with the ventilation system but also avoided the need for a dedicated smoke control plant. A ‘hot smoke test’ was conducted by Holmes Fire following the completion of the project demonstrating the strategy for smoke movement in action.
Flick through all 7 storeys and explore ASB North Wharf from the comfort of your own home.