Fox St. Office
Situated in the historic Ford Motor Company Building, Fox St. Office presents the insertion of structural elements into an existing heritage shell to create a varied & engaging work environment.
Conference and social areas are configured to extend the existing lightwell through the ground floor as an internal street. The sequence of gathering places, some private, some more open in format, provides a habitable, open-air courtyard to ground floor amenities. This strategy is further extended to offer natural light & ventilation to staff facilities & office space on the first floor. Using the volume of the exposed timber truss ceiling and large floor plate creates generous open-plan work areas, encouraging interaction, opportunity for informal meeting, and a balance to the fixed arrangement of traditional work stations.
The insertion of a new staircase in steel plate connects the ground and first floor with a sculptural twist over the entry, providing a clear visual connection and an ability to engage with the volume and fabric of the original building.
Materials are drawn from, or selected to emphasise, the palette of the original building. Salvaged brick, expressed steel, multipaned steel window joinery, salvaged Rimu and sand cement plaster blend new fabric and existing: durable materials selected to weather with use.
The original façade is emphasised using a scheme of off-white and gold leaf detail and the original fenestration configuration has been reinstated to upper windows – the Ford Motor Company logo maintained on the parapet to preserve the buildings’ well forged history.
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Awards & Press
NZIA New Zealand Awards for Architecture, 2013
Designers Institute of New Zealand, Gold Award, 2013