HMOA's three-year project to restrengthen and refurbish the heritage-listed Harbour City Centre annex also provided a contemporary makeover for this 1920s building.
Originally home to the DIC department store, the building on Wellington's Golden Mile was at just 20% of code and most recently used as a carpark.
HMOA separated the services from the adjoining front building and completely redesigned new services for the annex. The car parking and ramp have been shifted to a new main entry on Brandon St.
A grand, contemporary staircase has been inserted into the core of the building and a light-well introduced to flood natural light throughout. The staircase balustrade is clad in black steel with the floor openings in timber panels. These finishes are carried through into the fit-out for the building's tenant, FNZ.
The existing top level has been redesigned and rebuilt, and the roof raised. The addition is set back to meet heritage requirements.
Photos: Andy Spain
Awards: NZIA Wellington Architecture Award 2020, Heritage.