Photographer - Simon Wilson
The Genesis Building utilises the shell of a former supermarket with a central atrium linking to a new three storey building. The linear glazed atrium slices between the old and the new building floor plates, creating connections between floors and assisting with infiltration of natural light. Planting in the atrium provides a natural outlook for office floors and reinforces the connection to the green belt of Hamilton.
"Excellent connectivity to the city’s urban fabric and handling of materials – including glass, timber, concrete and folded metal – are hallmarks of this renovated and extended supermarket building. The building benefits from the architect’s care in sequencing the approach and circulation throughout the building, and from the control of natural light. Perforated metal louvres resembling twisted ribbons provide solar control on the expansively glazed façade, and the top-lit atrium and large skylights fill the interior with appropriate levels of natural light."
- NZIA Waikato / Bay of Plenty Jury
A landscaped promenade in front of the building prioritises pedestrian access and connects the building to the streets and the city green belt. Curved and splayed cedar walls draw into the entry lobby and café which connect through to the central atrium.