2019 Auckland Architecture Awards Winner
No. 1 Sylvia Park
The newest addition to the Sylvia Park skyline presents a striking challenge: think again, it says, there’s more going on here than you probably think. The angled lines and boldly contrasting black/white pattern of the Architectus office block speak their commitment to design flair, and to the entrepreneurial confidence of the building’s tenants, and they do it with more than a little wit. This is the first office block at Sylvia Park, and beyond its own intrinsic functions, it should serve to attract many more. The floors are large and flexible, with only four internal columns and a services core on the south side. There’s scope for retail expansion on the first floor, which is accessible up a very grand circular stair rising from the ground floor lobby. The floors above are arranged as three vertical villages, with atriums to the north and interfloor connections. The construction of exciting, engaging signature buildings in the new town centres is a fundamental and urgently needed component of the growth of Auckland, and with Number 1 Sylvia Park, Architectus has risen admirably to the challenge. Tenants large and small, established companies and start-ups alike, will find a welcome home here.