The Wellington Company
Xero needed new office space for their growing staff numbers in their biggest hub – Wellington. The landmark building is situated on the high profile corner of Taranaki and Wakefield Streets. The $16M project involves gutting and earthquake-strengthening the 6000m² heritage-listed building and converting it into a 6,500m² five-storey modern office.
Refurbishment and earthquake strengthening of a unique, 100 year old building with two high profile, heritage facades (one dating back to 1880 and the other 1914).
The refurbishment will strengthen the structure to comply with the current New Building Standard, whilst retaining the integrity of the façades of the original building.
The new steel-framed, aluminium-clad building will be sheathed by a semi-transparent outer skin fabric called Stamisol. This mesh-like material will be almost opaque in bright sunlight but become more transparent at night. The covering will help reduce solar heat gain.
The wind load on the plastic extrusions has been designed to hold the fabric on one of the most exposed corners in Wellington.
Extensive groundwork due to its seaward and windy location – the piles are over 18 metres deep underneath a very old building! A jet pile system is being used to accommodate this as it can operate in confined spaces and provides a piling solution for difficult ground conditions.