Photographer - Chris Hillock
This building was originally designed as a Bank with an ornate façade in the 1920s. This was followed decades later by a significant modernisation and then subsequent modifications in the years that ensued. The building was disconnected to the street both physically and visually; thus there was a need to open up the circulation routes and draw people in. Work began on revitalising this property by taking the building exterior back to the façade, reducing the canopy projection to 2.5m to allow light in and replicating the fins from above the canopy to below in order to link the two.
"This project is more than just a clever façade addition; it’s a highly successful example of adaptive re-use that gives Hamilton’s main street a shot in the arm. On this project, architect, developer and builder have clearly reaped the rewards of a close working relationship. The once worn-out bank building has been opened up to the street, and through the large, newly glazed entranceway a window into a commercially sophisticated interior has been created. Within the building, natural light is prioritised and the clever re-organisation undertaken complements modern approaches to working life."
- NZIA Waikato / Bay of Plenty Jury
"The success of this project has been in attracting high quality tenants in an economic manner, contributing to the much needed revitalisation of Hamilton’s CBD."