Australis Nathan Building

Historic Auckland Refurbished to New Luxury


Cooper and Company


Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland), Aotearoa/New Zealand

Year Completed


Construction Company

Hawkins Construction


Property Council New Zealand Property Awards (2017), Excellence and best in category for Heritage and Adaptive Reuses Property Award.

New Zealand Commercial Project Awards (2018), Gold award for Heritage/Restoration.

These historic buildings, built in 1903 and 1904 were originally warehouse and storefronts for importers and merchants, fast forward over 110 years and these have been transformed to bring these heritage buildings back to life. Australis House and the Nathan Building was an ambitious refurbishment combining the two buildings to function as a single structure and repurposed them to include high end retail, hospitality and office spaces. These buildings had strong character with a combination of cast iron columns, heavy timber columns and beams, timber floors with herringbone bracing and impressive brickwork.  

Our brief on this project was to avoid providing ceilings beneath these floors and encasing these columns in order to celebrate these features. Our performance-based design solution involved a combination of sprinkler installation, assessment of inherent timber strength and application of clear intumescent coatings to achieve sufficient fire separations within the building and achieve Building Code compliance.

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