University of Auckland: Vice-Chancellor's Suite
This interior retrofit involved converting two floors in the south wing of the University of Auckland’s Clocktower building into one interconnected space to accommodate the Vice Chancellor’s Suite. This building, designed in 1929 by Roy Lippincott, is the University of Auckland’s flagship building and its heritage character was central to Salmond Reed Architects’ involvement in the project. Heritage considerations, such as reversibility – the ability to readily remove any new fit-out elements in the future without compromising the original heritage fabric – were central to the design approach.
Efficient interaction between the two
levels was called for and was achieved by opening up the floor and inserting a
new internal staircase. As level 2 of the south wing of this 1929 building,
designed by Roy Lippincott, had originally been a mezzanine reading room
extending around the perimeter of the wing in its original library use, the
placement of the new internal stair provided an opportunity to reference the
spatial character of the original library by visually connecting the two
and mechanical ventilation. It was also important to maintain transparency and continuity at the interface between the atrium and the south wing at both levels, using predominantly transparent partitions and to maintain the transfer of light from the main stairwell into the atrium.
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