Fabric Warehouse

A fabric importer has relocated to a 1960s warehouse in Auckland’s city fringe. The brief called for a delineation of office, meeting & communal dining spaces, all with visual connection to the receiving, racking and distribution of fabric.

A tensioned steel lintel is suspended over a line of operable glass panels, providing a transparent division of space that considers the rhythm & transition between office and warehouse environments.

The large, functional volume of the space is contrasted with detailing of fine rosewood beading, brass fixtures and bespoke steel and timber benches.

The importer’s resonant mix of loose textile rolls, furniture and contemporary New Zealand art inhabit the resulting space with an overlap of creativity and industry.

Project Details:

The internal floor area is approximately 1500m2 and construction was completed in early 2012. Fearon Hay’s project team was led by Doug Weir, with Rachel Higgs & Rufus Knight. Tim Hay and Jeff Fearon are the design architects. Photography is by Jackie Meiring.

Recognition: Published as a Record Interior, Architectural Record 2013 (US) Winner of a Designer’s Institute of New Zealand Gold Award, 2013