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Book House Refurbishment for Cornerstone Partners

Winner Bronze Award

New Zealand Commercial Property Awards 2017

NZCPA Bronze

the brief

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

the challenges

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.

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what we did

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.

the results

Light and bright with a sophisticated colour scheme and a high level of finish and fitout, Book House has been transformed.


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To us, architecture is about the entire process - from asking the right questions to getting the squeaky door fixed after move in day. We take our clients on a journey so they feel as if they are part of the solution.

All our architects are members of the NZIA. Each year all members undergo continuing professional development to ensure skills and practices are completely up-to-date with current industry standards. As 'hand-on' architects we are trained to promote ourselves as the single point of contact for your project. An NZIA registered architect, with more than 20 years experience, will guide you through all stages of the project.

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