University of Auckland Science Building
A cutting edge home for people on the cutting edge
Creative spaces foster creative thinking, so the University of Auckland sought a vibrant, collaborative learning environment for their new Science centre. We were engaged to turn into reality the highly distinctive design by Architectus.
Some of the brightest minds in science will work and study in the 38,000m2 new facility on Auckland’s Symonds Street, which replaces the former 1960’s era Science Building (also built by Fletcher). Housing scientists, other academics and professional staff, it comprises cellular offices, distributed plant rooms, teaching rooms, general and specialist laboratories, workshops and ancillary spaces.
Some of the brightest minds in science will work and study in the 38,000m2 new facility on Auckland’s Symonds Street
The cornerstone of the building is an 11-storey tower with a stunning glass façade, creating a fitting gateway to the university campus.
• Demolition of the 1960’s building took six months to complete - and the largest freestanding tower crane in the southern hemisphere. At 93 metres to the very top, and 79 metres under the hook, the crane took almost three days to erect.
• The existing buildings remained occupied during demolition and throughout construction, requiring intricate staging plans.
• As the project was undertaken within an operational university, careful liaison was required with students, staff and the public.