Kakariki House – Wises Trust
1Kakariki House in Hamilton East was formerly a Mitre 10 store – until the Wise Group decided to renovate it to accommodate five affiliated organisations. The impressive $4 million development includes 13 meeting rooms, two board rooms, a training room and a creative space. The renovation targeted a Green Star NZ Office Design Four Star rating.
2Holmes Consulting was called in to apply our expert engineering knowledge to the challenge. Our approach helped ensure materials were minimised, and re-used where possible – the façade and some of the structural elements, like the trusses, have been retained and redeployed in the building. The design promotes healthy working, with nice use of natural light, a welcoming atrium and cafe, and a small gym to encourage healthy lifestyles.
3The project achieved the four star rating: you can read more about that in this case study from the NZ Green Building Council. Kakariki House also won a New Zealand Institute of Architects award in 2009.