Temporary in nature but substantial in scale these sophisticated structures perform their retail function while also making a valuable contribution to the Britomart streetscape. Cleverly designed for economical assembly and disassembly, the buildings, with their Meccano-like perforated steel skins express a joy in construction. Lit up at night, they cast some welcome illumination onto the Britomart footpaths.
Assembly, together with Dunning Thornton Consulting Engineers, Motm Architects Ltd and Stanley Group delivered the Showcases project in 100 days from receiving the Cheshire Architects concept sketches.
The delivery involved the full slab, structural, cladding and lighting design involving primarily prefabricated elements. To achieve the tight timeframe Assembly worked with Fraser Engineering to design a clip together cladding system with all components shop drawn and checked by Assembly to eliminate any “check-on-site” measurements.
New Zealand Commercial Project Award 2012
NZIA Auckland Architecture Award in the category of Commercial Architecture 2012
Architectural Review Asia Pacific