New Zealand’s first green adaptive re-use building to achieve 6 Green Star

Mason Bros.

With a brief to transform a 1920s-character warehouse into a high performing, creative and sustainable workplace, Mason Bros. is spatially courageous and environmentally aware. The expected commercial paradigm has been eschewed in favour of a bespoke and spatially fluid approach befitting the unique opportunity of the building.
The conceptual approach for Mason Bros. was to suspend a highly reflective glazed object within the existing volume, creating a strong formal and material contrast while amplifying the presence of the existing fabric.
Mason Bros. has the distinction of the first building in Auckland to achieve both 6-Star Green Star rated and NABERSNZ 5.5 Star-rated. It changed the game for sustainability in the country, as New Zealand’s first workplace to earn the title of one of the world’s greenest buildings. 
Mason Bros represents a 60% reduction in operational energy use when compared to standard offices.
Post-occupancy research has shown occupants indicated an average increase in their personal productivity of 8.5%
The former character of the warehouse is retained with the dramatic saw tooth roof form dropping light into the floorplate
The character building fabric is retained, punctuated by contemporary glazing elements which reveal the mysterious internal object inhabiting the carapace of the former warehouse.

Collective Effort

Collective Effort

Blair Johnston
Executive Team, Head of Design, Principal
Scott Compton
Head of Design, Principal
Divya Purushotham
Associate Principal
Emily Newmarch
2020 LA Business Council Architectural Awards — Tripartite 2020 Urban Land Institute (ULI) Asia Pacific Awards for Excellence — Award for Excellence Winner 2020 CIBSE Building Performance Project of the Year - International 2019 Chicago Athenaeum/The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies - International Award 2019 Property Council New Zealand Awards - Green Building Property - Best in Category 2017 New Zealand Institute of Architects National Awards - Commercial Architecture 2017 Property Council of New Zealand Awards - Heritage/Adaptive Reuses 2017 Property Council of New Zealand Awards - Commercial 2017 INSIDE World Interiors Awards - Adaptive Reuse - Shortlisted