15 Huron Street, Takapuna

City: Takapuna, Auckland
Architect: RCG Architects
Construction Company: Owner Builder
Completed: November 2018

For this project the client wanted to push the boat out, and create a completely bespoke, never been done before, rainscreen solution, to the old iconic building in Huron Street, Takapuna.

At the same time as giving this building a much needed facelift, we were instructed to work with the architect to design a solution that retained the original design intent, without compromising the two most crucial factors for the client:

  1. Daylight
  2. The incredible view

Following an opportunity to engage early with the architects, the project & estimation team at Insite Facades were able to work with our own in-house engineering team to value-engineer savings in the original design.  This enabled us to eliminate costly steel structures to support the maintenance walkway, in favour of an aluminium support system, which lightened the load both on weight and budget.

As well as the view back to the city, the client also wanted to retain the light entering the building to enjoy the main elevations easterly aspect. Perforations were considered, and with a thicker sheet recommendation our engineers achieved a 50% through-area on the perforated panels which can be difficult to achieve in high wind zones.

With the scope requesting a nautical theme, wave shapes were incorporated into the final design to ensure the vista back to the city wasn't obscured.  This gave the occupants views South over the city and North-East over Rangitoto, and of the Waitemata Harbour. 

The team at RCG Architects were extremely professional and accommodating of the client's desire to achieve a world class design solution.  They incorporated a unique seamless design across the mullion/frame positions behind the perforated panels. The experience and know-how of our project manager Steve, and our world class engineering team meant we were able to deliver this seamless look with shadow discs. The next time you are on Huron Street Takapuna, check it out for yourself.

The Insite installation team worked off scaffold for the initial set-out, drilling and bracket installation, to finish on-time for the painter to come through and finish their work before the scaffold was removed.  We then utilised our own specialist access equipment in the form of a Kato crane to complete the job on time for the client.  Using our Kato crane meant we were able to minimise the impact on pedestrian traffic and reduced the overall project duration.

Feedback from the client has been tremendous, they were impressed with the quality, speed and professionalism of our team.

Before RainScreen Solution

Before RainScreen Solution

After Rainscreen Solution

After Rainscreen Solution