S&T’s talented Lighting Engineers have once again been recognised by the IES the Lighting Society for their work on the 45 Queen Street Podium Redevelopment Façade. Designed by Ignite Architects and lit-up by Stephenson & Turner Lighting, the 45 Queen Street project team took out the following awards at the recently held IESANZ NZ Chapter Awards Gala Dinner:
Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand – Lighting Design: Award of Excellence (Efficient, Effective, Sustainable Lighting & Protecting the Night Environment). IES The Lighting Society – Lighting Design: Award of Excellence. 45 Queen Street is located on the original pre-1841 Auckland shoreline. In today’s context, the site is situated at the busy intersection of Queen Street and Customs Street in Auckland’s CBD district.
Opposite the historic Dilworth Building, the redeveloped podium at 45 Queen Street helps reinforce the transition from Queens Wharf to the CBD – the original gateway to the city for arriving visitors.
The project comprises luxury/high end retail integrated with a high quality atrium lobby space and café/restaurant offer which has seen the transformation of a key Auckland CBD office tower whilst cementing lower Queen Street as Auckland’s luxury precinct.
Designers, Ignite Architects and Stephenson & Turner’s Lighting Engineers provided a novel lighting solution which was created around a distinctive new podium design. Drawing upon its former foreshore location for inspiration, a wave patterned and backlit portal glass now reinforces the water element of the atrium corner, and a seven metre high steel rod feature screen fills the gap in the urban fabric between the tower and the historic Custom House.
Architectural references to both Pohutukawa flower patterning and the iconic Harbour Board ‘Red Fence’ are made.
The 45 Queen Street project has transformed a tired office building into an asset with quality befitting the location. The distinctive podium design draws upon its former foreshore location for inspiration and has delivered a landmark piece in the ongoing regeneration and retail renaissance of lower Queen Street.
LED lighting has been successfully integrated into tight architectural framework and has enhanced the strong architecture of the portal frames.
In introducing a new two level podium, it has filled a notable gap in the existing urban fabric between the adjacent heritage buildings and the 1970s era tower.
A big congratulations to Ignites’ Architect, Grant Armstrong and Stephenson & Turner’s exceptional Lighting Engineers, Kevin Southgate and Mona Aziz.