Built in 1970 and originally occupied by the Auckland International Seafarers Centre, the Seafarers Building at 104 Quay Street is a six level building set on the edge of Auckland city’s working waterfront and the Britomart Precinct.

Ostro occupies two new structures added to on the existing north and south terraces of the buildings second level, housing brasserie and bar Ostro, each side capturing a unique outlook. The Harbour Terrace looks out to the wharves and across to Stanley Bay and the wider Waitemata harbour, whilst the City Terrace takes in Britomart and the central city lights beyond.

The interior palette began with re-purposed surfaces of the abandoned industrial shell and added expansive timber floor-planes of oiled decking to unify and bring together the existing shell spaces and new terraces. Fabric canopies extended towards the sea define the Harbour Terrace while varnished engineered ply surfaces provide a coffered space for the outlook towards the city.

Project Details: The internal floor area with exterior terraces occupy approximately 750m2. The restaurant opened in late 2013. Fearon Hay’s project team was led by Gordon Gallagher & Piers Kay with Rufus Knight. Tim Hay and Jeff Fearon are the design architects. Photography is by Patrick Reynolds.