Architect: Ignite Architects
Sitting in pride of place on one of the busiest intersections in central Auckland, 45 Queen Street forms part of the gateway to the CBD and is passed by thousands of commuters and visitors to the city every day. Each material specified was assessed, based on its technical performance, whole-of-life cost, aesthetic quality and fit with the overall design concept. As the site of the building was once Auckland’s original shoreline, the podium design drew on the area’s earlier natural features for inspiration. A faceted limestone facade referenced the sandstone cliffs that once stood on the spot, and the wave pattern and geometry of the atrium and canopy were designed to reflect waves washing onto the shore.
The Tile People supplied the natural stone cladding on exterior and interior, and also natural stone tiling for the internal walls and floor.