The $12 million upgrade of Suter Art Gallery in Nelson added new spaces as well as restoring and strengthening heritage features of the original structure which dates from 1899.
Designed by architects Jerram Tocker & Barron and Warren & Mahoney Architects, the renovation has turned the Suter into a vibrant regional arts centre with new spaces that include a gallery, foyer, reception area, education room, and extensively glazed café which looks out to the ponds and trees of adjoining Queen's Gardens.
Local Altherm manufacturer, Design Windows Nelson, supplied different window systems to suit specific span, aesthetic and functional requirements. The APL Architectural Series was used in the staff rooms and on high-level rakers in the foyer, while the 150mm Structural Glaze system was used in other public areas and in the café. The Altherm 100mm Flushglaze system with sun fins is an eye-catching feature on the western elevation and provides both light and solar control to staff spaces.
The surface finish used was Duratec Metropolis Coal Dust. The builder was Scott Construction Ltd.