This highly architectural office, at 1,400m², uses a combination of glass, aluminium composite panels, exposed structural steel and a special emergency backup infrastructure to give it a distinct, modern look.
PowerNet and Invercargill design firm McCulloch Architects really thought outside the box when planning this commercial office project. The build was conceived both as a progressive, future-proofed commercial office and potential support centre for the Invercargill region, serving in case of an unforeseen emergency.
Calder Stewart's role in this project was to complete the build, based on our experience with stylised office buildings. This particular project was highly architectural in character and called for close attention to details, with liberal use of glass, aluminium composite panels and exposed structural steel components.
The PowerNet office building has a special cross-bracing and backup infrastructure, specified as an earthquake-proof ILT4 structure, which allows it to remain self-sufficient for several days in emergency conditions. The build also included the construction of a roof specially designed to collect rainwater for provisional use, along with hot points pre-installed to support the electric cars of the future.