The Fifth Estate 4th September 2013
Auckland’s Geyser building, New Zealand’s first 6 Star Green Star office-design rated building has won two categories at the 2013 New Zealand Architecture Awards.
Geyser, in Parnell, took out the commercial and sustainable design categories. The three-storey commercial building, a series of five sub-buildings with offices and retail space, was designed by Pattersons and is owned by Samson Corporation.
Architect Andrew Patterson said Geyser filled “the missing piece in sustainability”, which was about “quality, beauty and permanence”.
Samson general manager Marco Creemers said Geyser was not only a stunning building to look at but also “a very quiet and fresh environment to work in”.
“It gives you a great sense of pride to know you’re using less energy – no air-conditioning, a car stacking system and well thought-out lighting. You’re also saving water with rain harvesting, and reducing onsite waste with the Hungry Bin systems.”
Features include a 165-car stacking machine and a system of atriums with pedestrian linkages to promote networking and a sense of community.
Another is state-of-the-art eco-technology that enables the building to heat itself by trapping warm air between its walls in the winter, while in summer the entire outer skin opens electronically for full ventilation.
Mr Creemers said benefits were:
- Using nearly a third less energy
- Using half the amount of artificial lighting and water
- Breathing 100 per cent fresh air (compared with 25 per cent in airconditioned offices)
- Using a rainwater harvesting system to store and supply water to the toilets and irrigation system
- Utilising showers, lockers and cycle parks to encourage active transport, as well as being close to major public transport hubs.
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