Photographer - Simon Wilson
Cantilevering out towards the Waikato River, this parasitic architectural gesture clings to the existing Riverbank Lane building whilst reaching out over the new Victoria on the River Park. Reflecting the daring aspirations of both client and tenant, the new creative studio is bold in gesture externally and internally.
"Mezz Box is an elegant addition that fulfils its commercial function, enhances the existing building and makes a commendable contribution to the public realm of a new urban park. The project is imaginative and well-considered and should prompt reconsideration of the relationship of the Hamilton CBD and the city’s outstanding natural asset – the Waikato River."
- NZIA National Jury
The cantilevered cedar undercroft is accentuated with the skewed formation and considered detailing. Structural glazed walls deliberately rake down, cropping the horizontal aperture of the river below whilst also providing a further sense of activation to the park below.
Working in collaboration with Designwell Limited, the interior fit-out was driven from the desire to create a studio that is all about being inspired and fostering collaboration. A large meeting table sits in a clean open light space, contrasting to the working studio which is clearly delineated, requiring a specific work environment. Cabinetry, furniture and perforated sliding screens were custom designed to create a refined and consistent look throughout.