Architect: Jose Gutierrez Ltd
Categories: Arts and culture
Photographer: Jeremy Toth
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The rustic charm of heritage buildings is often sacrificed when renovating to accommodate the demands of the modern workplace. Faced with a 400sqm 100-year-old heritage building in Downtown Auckland, Architect Jose Gutierrez encountered a number of issues affecting the acoustic suitability of the space. The existing space consisted of two hipped roofs and a central 7m high loft set between them, with exposed timber trusses. These elements are known to be acoustically problematic, however Gutierrez and TRA Managing Director Andrew Lewis felt the raw nature and oxidised concrete walls played an important part in telling the history of the building; incorporating them into the project design was a must.
“Stepping into a black void”, is the description Architect Jose Guiterrez used to explain the boardroom. With black mirror and polished concrete walls, the TRA boardroom, left untreated, would be an acoustic nightmare. Boasting a high NRC, Quietspace® Panel in black was suspended from the ceiling as an effective, and aesthetically appropriate, acoustic solution. Using the Horizon™ suspension system from Autex, the lights and other ceiling fixtures were able to be installed in the panels, giving the ceiling a smooth finish.
Read more about the project here: http://architecturenow.co.nz/articles/2015-supreme-award-winner/
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