The panels were applied in three thicknesses, three widths and three finishes silver metallic, pure white and bronze metallic. They replace glass infills and help reduce solar gain to the interior.
"Further visual relief is provided at key corners and across the entire northern facade with a series of anodised aluminium vertical fins in colours that echo the ACM facade pattern. The aluminium fins range from 2-5m in length. These were fixed to the fae§ade by abseilers after the glazing was installed.
Inside, the glass atrium with its crisscrossing bridges and stairs has a sculptural presence of its own. The inset end walls are an artful composition of three tones of tinted glass, hiding the complex structural support skeleton behind the glass.
Dynamic as the atrium is, the need for seismic resistance made it even more complex behind the scenes. The atrium edge junctions are engineered to move up to 80cm in the event of an earthquake, while glazed roofs over the main and internal atriums have specialist extrusions with enhanced drainage.
The buildings' sustainability features include everything from an efficient building envelope to superior indoor air quality, specification of low-VOC materials, and social aspects of green design, such as bike facilities. These pushed it over the line to be Auckland's latest 5 Green Star rated building.
It was 2 Graham St's green, modern, open, and interconnected environment that attracted its major tenant, media conglomerate NZME as it set about radically transforming its business.
Rather than relocating its three component parts Herald publisher APN NZ, broadcaster The Radio Network and e-commerce provider GrabOne into one of its existing Auckland offices, NZME drew a line under the past and drafted plans for this ambitious location a few blocks away across town.
As its new audience-first' strategy was mapped within the walls of its existing Albert Street and Cook Street offices, so it physically took shape, space by space, on 2 Graham St.