Auckland Art Gallery / Toi o TĀ­amaki

Auckland Art Gallery, housing more than 15,000 works, has been a part of Auckland City since1888. It is identified as a historic place (Category A scheduled and Category I Registered Historic Place) whose site borders Albert Park which, in its own right, is recognised as an important cultural landscape and archaeological site within downtown Auckland. Therefore, when a significant addition was proposed, the building’s heritage significance was a major factor influencing the design direction of the gallery new proposal.

The project was formulated as part of the overall redevelopment and structural up-grade of the Art Gallery complex. It was essential to have quality heritage input into the project from the start, the Salmond Reed team was engaged early in the process to revise the conservation plan for the building. Salmond Reed also assisted the Council in preparing scoping reports and assessing competition entries for the design of the gallery development and the winning consortium of architects, Sydney-based FJMT and Auckland-based Archimedia, subsequently commissioned Salmond Reed to work with the design team to develop an acceptable design.

The final result has been described the resultant form as being partially derived from, “the majestic heritage architecture of the existing buildings."

Salmond Reed worked directly with Council heritage staff and the architects in detailing the heritage aspects of the Gallery project and also provided detailed archival photography for the entire project. Some of the more challenging aspect of the project included the interface between the existing and new parts of the building and the reconstruction of the East Gallery from fragments of existing evidence, photographic and early architectural documentation.

The completed project received a 2012 NZIA Heritage Award, the Judges acknowledging that the Galleries have been “restored to their original glory; acknowledging the distinctive character of its two constituent parts, old and new”

The building also earned the International Award for Architectural Excellence from The Royal Institute of British Architects – the first time a New Zealand building has achieved this honour.

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