BNZ Bank Corner

Warkworth, 2015

The project involved the refurbishment and earthquake strengthening of the historic Bank of New Zealand building and the construction of a new adjacent commercial block. A pedestrian lane was created that runs between the old and the new, generating a link between the main road as well as separating the heritage building from the new construction. There is a deliberate emphasis to relate to the scale of the original bank rather than attempting to recreate history. Construction detailing expresses and acknowledges the original historic building demarcating between the historic and new intervention.


On one side, the existing Bank of New Zealand building is a impregnable container, delicately detailed with classical pedestals and columns - a form visually synonymous with antipodean banking institutions. 

On the other, the blue-chip tenants requested a retail shell. Large expanses of glazing attempt to reverse the previous concept of an impregnable vault; now “money shops” to perhaps reflect contemporary views on credit.


Sam Hartnett
Q Construction