Buildings & Spaces
Much of Britomart’s unique character comes from the contrasts and relationships between its buildings: historic and modern, bold and intimate, public and private.
Connecting and separating the buildings is a pattern of linked public spaces, where people can gather, meet and linger. This emphasis on people and places that make them feel comfortable is at the heart of the vision for Britomart.
Designed on an accessible, human scale, the buildings and spaces of Britomart come together to create a busy, welcoming ‘people place’ in the central city.
Buildings at Britomart
Britomart's Heritage Architecture
Most of the 18 historic buildings throughout the precinct date from between 1880 and 1920. Many were built as warehouses and storerooms for Auckland’s early merchant industry. They range from the magnificent Imperial Baroque of the Chief Post Office to the restrained Art Deco elegance of the Maritime Building on Quay Street.
All Britomart’s heritage buildings are being carefully restored, with meticulous attention to materials, colour schemes, fittings and other period details.
Many of these old buildings were almost derelict at the beginning of the Britomart redevelopment project. Several have now been fully restored and leased long-term to commercial tenants. Others, awaiting renovation, have been tidied up and leased on an interim basis. More on Britomart’s history
Building Britomart's Future
Work is well underway on the programme of new building at Britomart.
There will be seven new buildings in total, including the two major complexes at the eastern end and centre of the precinct.
Britomart’s new buildings incorporate the latest sustainable design principles and are being built to strict four- and five-star New Zealand Green Building Council standards.
All will be designed to the highest standards by world-class architects, scaled and modelled to sit comfortably with the surrounding heritage buildings.
What's on in Buildings and Spaces
Art Week returns to Auckland from 26 October to 4 November 2012, and a number of Britomart artworks feature in guided walks as part of a citywide festival of art.
Work has begun on a new garden-themed shopping and dining complex in the centre of the precinct, soon to be home to Karen Walker, Trelise Cooper, Juliette Hogan, Taylor and a courtyard bistro-cafe. Read the official news release.
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