A part of the landscape
Wellington Airport Carpark Building
8 Floors, 1000 Parkings
Wellington, New Zealand
The new $70 million building required careful planning. Inside the eight-storey building there is room for 1000 cars, as well as charging stations for electric cars, short-term parking and cycle facilities. The outside of the structure needed to match the dynamic landscape.
Client: Fletcher Construction
Completion: October 2018
Project Type: Commercial Parking
Architects: Archaus Architects
Archaus Architects required a façade that would reflect the local environment – the blues, greens and greys of the sky, the sea and surrounding tree-covered hills. Having previously worked with the acclaimed firm we were excited to step up to the drawing board once more. From there it was a matter of façade production and delivery.
The numbers alone give some idea of the size of this showcase project. the facade contains 50,000 fixings, the aluminium weighs 80 tones and there are 84 sheets variables. The final results covers 6,000 square metres of building. Unique design and construction processes meant the façade could be fabricated in 8 metre long modules, ensuring over 150 square metres could be installed in a day. It was important this installation process was exact too – one piece out of place would have a dramatic affect.