Plans for NZ’s tallest mass timber office

Friday 5 Jul 2024

A new 11-storey mass timber building—set to become NZ’s tallest commercial timber building—could rise in downtown Auckland after James Kirkpatrick Group lodged plans to redevelop 538 and 582 Karahgahape Rd in the city district.

According to a developer statement, the new tower is part of a push to “regenerate the site from a demolished, end-of-lift building into a robust and legible urban structure that can stand for the next 50 years.”

James Kirkpatrick Jnr, the group CEO and Managing Director, said the building will rise ten levels from the Karangahape Rd elevation, have around 9500sq m of office space with two levels of basement for 48 car parks and “encourage a high-quality tenant in line with some of the green initiatives required for their businesses or their clients”.

In recent years, mass timber buildings have become “green magnets” for tenants, with Fitzpatrick now looking to attract tenants in the creative industries who have signed up to the Paris Agreement or Kyoto Protocol. “That might align with a highly visible brand in a creative environment that’s reflected to ensure their staff are in the best offices available, he told the New Zealand Herald, adding that “we see this as a valuable addition to the Auckland and K Rd streetscape.”

The new building will match the award-winning HomeGround development for height, which in 2022 was awarded the Gold Medal by the New Zealand Institute of Architects. Internationally acclaimed architect Fearon Hay has been commissioned to design the mass timber structure.

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Source: NZ Herald, Wood Central, Photo Credit: Resource consent application

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