Project: Auckland Zoo Administration Building

Project: Auckland Zoo Administration Building

When Auckland Zoo decided they needed a larger administration area, Ignite Architects were engaged to design their new space.

Ignite worked with TimberLab Solutions and BGT engineers to develop a contemporary design that was cost efficient to manufacture, and in keeping with expectations of the client.

TimberLab’s expert production team went to work on the Glulam & CNC-detailing. They fitted steel plates and self-drilling dowels; prefabricating all components before being delivered to site for installation, where construction was completed by NZ Strong.

The open interior features Glulam portal frames to the gables and saw-tooth roof line as well as showing off other feature timbers throughout. CLT stairs, mezzanine floors and decorative plywood linings make for a modern, warm working space for zoo staff.

 The lightness of the space is achieved with extensive glazing, sharply pitched gables down the long east side and a large airy mezzanine suspended from the ceiling by steel rods. Banisters align with Vertical timber fins to provide sun shading and protection for birds in flight on the extensively glazed north eastern side of the building.

The kitchen is at the heart of the entrance, directly in front of the visitor waiting area, which shares views of the landscaping through large window, offering administration staff a  view of the Zoo's African Precinct, Pridelands.

The outcome of the completed project is an award-winning light, bright, attractive and economical solution.

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CREDITS:  Architects: Ignite Architects / Engineers: BGT Structures / Construction: NZ Strong

Awards - New Zealand Institute of Architects’ - Commercial Architecture Award 2019