Fox Street Office

Situated in the historic Ford Motor Company Building, the Fox St. Office presents the insertion of structural elements into an existing heritage shell to create a varied & engaging workplace around a central internal street.

Using the volume of the exposed timber truss ceiling and large floor plate creates generous open-plan work areas, encouraging interaction, opportunity for informal meeting, and a balance to the fixed arrangement of traditional work stations.

The insertion of a new staircase in steel plate connects the ground and first floor with a sculptural twist over the entry, providing a clear visual connection and an ability to engage with the volume and fabric of the original building.

Materials are drawn from, or selected to emphasise, the palette of the original building. Salvaged brick, expressed steel, multi-paned steel window joinery, salvaged Rimu and sand cement plaster blend new fabric and existing: durable materials selected to weather with use.

Project Details:

The internal floor area is approximately 1000m2 and construction was completed in mid 2013. Fearon Hay’s project team was led by Gordon Gallagher & Piers Kay with Robin Gieselhardt. Tim Hay and Jeff Fearon are the design architects. Photography is by Jackie Meiring.

Recognition: Winner of a New Zealand Award for Architecture, (NZIA Awards, 2013) Winner of a Designers Institute of New Zealand Gold Award, (Best Awards, 2013)