The redevelopment project transformed an old supermarket and added a sleek, new, three-storey building next door which won NZIA and Property Council awards in 2018.
Joining the two company structures is a linear, glazed atrium 46.5m long which uses glazing bars from the APL Window Solutions product portfolio. This is one of the longest glazing bar projects supplied by the APL manufacturer network in recent years. The atrium links the old and the new building floor plates, flooding offices with generous light and helping nourish a gallery of lush planter boxes.
The project, designed by architects Edwards White, brought together over 600 staff who had been spread across different offices in the Hamilton CBD. With the building hosting a new remote control room for some of the Genesis power stations, a generator back-up power supply was installed to ensure the utility remained operational in a power outage or emergency.
Other window systems used by Origin in the project were APL Flushglaze on the first floor, 150mm Structural Glaze spanning the second and third floors, 40mm seismic windows, and Architectural Series sliding doors opening onto two decks. On two sides of the building, the Structural Glaze mullions were penetrated by steel brackets from inside to outside to allow the exterior mounting of vertical metal louvres resembling twisted white ribbons. These perforated fins provide solar control.
The surface finish for the window systems was Duratec Matt Black powdercoat. Double glazing was used throughout the project, with grey tinted glass applied on some elevations. The glazed atrium also used fritted glass.
Foster Construction were the builders.