Winner Bronze Award
New Zealand Commercial Property Awards 2017
This project involved the complete refurbishment of Book House, turning a tired old building into 11 new desirable apartments for inner-city living, and enhancing the 3 small shops on Plimmer Steps
Constructed in 1940 and originally all apartments, Book House had been unsympathetically extended in the 1970s for offices, and by 2014 with continual roof leaks and no maintenance it had deteriorated significantly. Although structurally sound a complete replacement of virtually everything was necessary.
Concrete work brought the building up to 100% NBS. With the aid of thermal modelling, we fully insulated the building exterior with a warm membrane roof and plastered polystyrene walls to take advantage of the building’s thermal mass. All windows were replaced with double-glazed uPVC windows, the kitchens were opened up to the living areas, bathrooms replaced, bedrooms refurbished, and laundries installed throughout. All services were replaced and consolidated, and fire safety was brought up to code. The stairwell was panelled in plywood for a softer feel, with subtle lighting, sympathetically decorative balustrading, and colourful wayfinding. The new exterior colour palette was chosen to show off the Art Deco styling to its best.
Light and bright with a sophisticated colour scheme and a high level of finish and fitout, Book House has been transformed.