Victoria University of Wellington were looking to expand their School of Commerce & Administration into refurbished facilities near Wellington’s railway station in what has become their Pipitea Campus.
The School required high quality premises which reflected their professionalism and pedagogical models which required a variety of lecture theatre and seminar room spaces.
The building was originally built as offices for the Government owned electricity provider, with s square plan and central core. The building is adjacent to the railway station and bus terminus at the northern end of the CBD.
The areas around the building are heavily populated with pedestrian commuter traffic in a busy part of the city and redevelopment of this important commuter hub site provided the opportunity for urban repair.
Working closely with the university and the city council we were able to find a solution which enhanced the urban environment, provided civic amenity, and created additional space for the client.
By extending a fully glazed first floor breakout space over the street, a sheltered colonnade is created for pedestrians below and a public activity of the building is expressed externally.
The ground floor areas are transparent and permeable, creating an inviting interior and offering passive security surveillance to both the building and the public street. Bold colour, robust materials and generous public spaces adds vibrancy to the School and the streetscape.
CCM Architects is a design lead New Zealand practice. We bring a commitment to architecture that serves the users and delivers for the client fresh ideas, creativity and simplicity out of complex issues.
Our experience ranges from large scale university campuses and hospitals through to civic parks and streetscapes. We understand the importance of urban design to enhance the connections and spaces between buildings for users and the impact this has on creating quality buildings.
We have specialist skills in project management, leading large consultant and contract teams on a variety of projects. We have developed close working relationships with allied professionals to provide our clients with the best expertise available into a cohesive working environment.
We have wide experience in all aspects of the design and delivery of ﬁtouts that complement the ever-evolving needs of the users. We work with our clients to find the best ﬁt within certain parameters such as look and feel, quality, programme and sustainability.
We bring the knowledge of urban context to architectural projects. Providing our clients with consultation design and facilitation skills that ensure their projects fit into the city fabric.
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