New Five Mile building a credit to design team

New Five Mile building a credit to design team
The Building 8 design incorporates forms from the region’s natural landscape with varied elevations and angles in the roofl ine and facades, and the tapered panels of slate grey cladding that wrap the glass frontage.

The latest addition to Queenstown’s Five Mile development is a premium office and retail building that’s open for business and almost fully tenanted.
Craig’s Investment Partners House – known as Building 8 by the project team throughout construction – has had a long evolution.
Project Architect Richard Chambers, of JCY Architects, says that overseeing the project throughout a number of changes makes the end result even more satisfying.
“I’ve really enjoyed the challenge of keeping it fresh and flexible and of-the-moment throughout that process.”
An important consideration was ensuring that the building blended well with the pre-existing Five Mile Centre, and within its wider environmental context.
As it’s Frankton Flats location borders the state highway, Queenstown Lakes District Council also required the design to provide visual interest from the road and to mitigate impact on the area’s striking mountain views.
To achieve this, the design team incorporated forms from the region’s natural landscape.
“In this area, the schist rock is glacial, and it protrudes through the soil in parallel planes. We utilised those cues from nature in the design.”
This influence is visible in the varied elevations and angles used in the roofline and facades, and in the tapered panels of slate grey cladding that wrap the building’s glass frontage.
However, Richard is quick to add that there’s no competing with nature in an area renowned for such epic scenery.
“Our job is to create something that sits in harmony with that outstanding natural beauty, whilst also providing a cost-effective outcome for our clients and their prospective tenants.”
JCY Architects, which has offices in Auckland and Queenstown, worked closely with local and national contractors and consultants including Naylor Love, Fairview Aluminium, CS Roofing, Baxter Design Group and Cosgroves.
Early contractor involvement allowed these sub-contractors to make contributions regarding their specialist area at the design stage, and Richard believes this early input enabled a streamlined and smoothly run construction process.
“A development like this is multi-faceted, with engineers, service engineers, and landscapers all playing a part. The expertise and specialist input contributed by all members of the team was vital.”
Thought was also given to sustainability, primarily through creating a building that will withstand the tests of time.
“In the case of commercial buildings that utilise materials like concrete and steel, sustainable principals become about longevity and flexibility. By building them to last, we can reduce their impact.”
Building 8 offers just under 6000sqm of floor space across its five levels.
On the ground floor podium, the versatile retail spaces have a focus on food and hospitality, however their responsive and flexible layout has been designed to accommodate a full range of potential retail tenants.
A further project combining retail and hotel accommodation is currently underway.
For Richard, creating working and social environments that people enjoy being in is the ultimate reward.
“It’s great to know that you’ve contributed something positive to the day-to-day lives of the building’s end users.”
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