University of Auckland Business School

A composition of layered sinuous blades reach out to embrace the community, providing a dramatic sculpture of reflection, luminance and animation. Multiple layers of meaning and interpretation enrich the development providing a distinctive image for the school that places it within an international stage as a leader in teaching, research and scholarship.

Organic forms gather the activity and energy of the site into a major new public square, anchoring the building and reinterpreting the topography of the immediate sloping site and Auckland’s volcanic harbour forms.

The fluid and open expression provides a strong contemporary counterpoint to the traditional insular European buildings that characterised the beginnings of the University.

A powerful new symbol of research and knowledge is proposed, providing an appropriate international projection for the School that values excellence, innovation, progressiveness, and openness, whilst welcoming and embracing the local community.

A subtle combination of a conventional panellised system of metal, timber and glass provides a sophisticated layered and breathable façade.

Low energy mixed-mode systems of environmental control are employed to provide appropriate environmental conditions throughout the complex. The energy fins provide shafts for the introduction of filtered natural light and ventilation deep within the interior volumes.

A podium of basalt and soft landscaping anchors the proposal providing a platform that adjusts the scale of the new development, to provide a significant raised urban square and main entry level to the Business School.




Project Team

Lindsay Mackie
Russell Pinel


Jamie Cobeldick

Press & Awards

Arch Daily Short-Listed in Best Buildings Education Category 2010
PCNZ Merit Award Education Building 2008
WAF Short-Listed in Education Category 2008
NZIA Local Award for Architecture 2008