The Future for the Civic Quarter
Council administration buildings aren’t generally the most exciting features of any city but Auckland’s Civic Building at least managed to galvanize its city’s population between those that hated its 1950’s modernist design and those that didn’t really mind it.
Council administration buildings aren’t generally the most exciting features of any city but Auckland’s Civic Building at least managed to galvanize its city’s population between those that hated its 1950’s modernist design and those that didn’t really mind it. As always with these things the haters seemed to be a little more vocal about their opinion. However, when it was announced in 2014 that the building had become too small for council needs and there was danger that it could be mothballed, we seemed to have found our soft spot for the 18 storey building in Aotea Square.
In spite of years of abuse about its ugliness we just couldn’t fathom the idea of it being demolished when that become an option. In the years since its completion in 1966, it had become an iconic landmark. Albeit a slightly redundant landmark.
Thankfully, the modernist building is now in safe hands and will not only remain an icon but will be part of an exciting new development for the heart of Auckland. And all at the hands of a New Zealand based family owned company that has a history of preserving iconic New Zealand structures while allowing them to move with the times.
After an international tender process Auckland’s urban development agency Panuku Development Auckland selected New Zealand development company Love & Co., to take on the development of the building.
Love and Co’s vision of Civic Quarter sees existing building being converted into “The CAB” apartments above a stylish collection of bars and restaurants. The project also includes a further apartment building, potential for a 100-room hotel along Mayoral Drive and a exhibition space off Aotea Square.
“This project will blend an iconic Auckland landmark with cutting-edge design ensuring that the Civic Quarter becomes a must-visit destination. We have assembled the best possible team for this project, including my wife Josephine (our Director of Design) Jasmax Architects, Naylor Love and BECA.”
The project will start in 2017 and is expect to take three years. You can’t rush an icon of course.