X Gallery

Client:              Krukziener Properties  

Location:          Cnr Wellesley & Lorne Streets, Auckland

Value:              $5,700,000

Period:             2014 (12 months)

Designer:         Wardle Architects

Key points

  • This project saw the refurbishment of an early 20th century building in the heart of the Auckland CBD into an up-market character office space for a creative design team
  • Previously refurbished in 1995, the building served for more than a decade as the New Art Gallery and is listed as a Historic Place Category B
  • With Historic Places Trust approval the plaster work was repaired and the exterior repainted. All upper level windows were repaired and made operational with brass latches and stays
  • The new lobby area consisted of sand-blasted brick, stained timber and marble floors and a handmade carpet leading to the lift with large Victorian-style chandeliers above
  • Three new internal staircases were required and the ground floor was split into retail shops and cafes with new steel shop-fronts in keeping with the existing façade
  • A major structural upgrade was required to achieve a seismic capacity of 99% of the building code. This work required $1m of reinforced concrete shear walls and in-fill slabs starting with anchor piles in the basement.  With tight time constraints, the shear walls were all done in situ and the concrete sprayed.  Perimeter angles and large steel straps were cut into the floors and bolted to the walls