This 645m² project overhauls an existing town fixture, providing modern office and hospitality space, whilst recycling wood from the demolition to add architectural charm.
Designed by McCulloch Architects, 20 Don Street is a joint venture between ourselves and the Invercargill City Council, providing much needed modern office and hospitality space.
Our commercial office design replaced Todd's Auction House, a well-loved fixture in Invercargill for more than 120 years. However, despite its longevity and build character, the site was due for a complete overhaul, with structural problems evident in the design. Given its historical importance, the careful and expedient demolition of the former building was critical to this project. Reports were made from the archaeological authorities, who had a vested interest during the excavation phase, updating the historical records from the site before the new office complex construction could begin.
The finished project exhibits a distinct layout and strong architectural character with a ground-level cafe and attractive outdoor seating. Wood was salvaged from the old building and incorporated into the new design to add to the area's historical feel, acknowledging the previous Todd House fixture, which was such a big part of Invercargill.
This project is an attractive home for local business clientele, featuring a food and beverage venue. It has become a noteworthy success and an instant favourite within the Invercargill central business district.