Wintec House, Wintec City Campus

A Stitching Together of Historic and New

Wintec House, Wintec City Campus
Wintec House, Wintec City Campus
Wintec House, Wintec City Campus
Wintec House, Wintec City Campus

Project Credits

Client

Waikato Institute of Technology

Date Completed

2011

Sector

Learning Environments

Awards

2011 NZIA Awards
// Waikato, Bay of Plenty
// Interior Architecture

2011 NZIA Awards
// Waikato, Bay of Plenty
// Heritage

2011  RLB, Property Council NZ
// Excellence

Project Lead

Brian Squair

Design Team
A celebration of history for a forward-thinking institute saw Chow:Hill’s transformation of Wintec’s signature F-block recognised with both regional and national awards.

Commanding a central city corner of Hamilton’s CBD is the historic Wintec House, an almost century-old brick building, once a former teaching block on the tertiary institute’s central city campus.

Originally home to the Hamilton Technical College, Wintec House has a Heritage New Zealand Category B rating, a status that Chow:Hill needed to protect during the building’s redesign in 2010.

By adopting a careful design narrative, which preserved the building’s history and retained the historic façade (a requirement because of the building’s officially recognised heritage), Chow:Hill transformed the outdated teaching block with restricted community interaction into a 3350m² three-level mixed-use development, incorporating a high-quality learning environment, event space and commercial premises.

The transformation of the existing building into a new central city events destination involved an innovative integration of seismic upgrades, carefully designed in harmony with existing building fabric, to retain a sense of the building’s history while providing the facility with a new lease of life.

Wintec House, Wintec City Campus

Project Overview

Client

Waikato Institute of Technology

Status

2011

A celebration of history for a forward-thinking institute saw Chow:Hill’s transformation of Wintec’s signature F-block recognised with both regional and national awards.

Commanding a central city corner of Hamilton’s CBD is the historic Wintec House, an almost century-old brick building, once a former teaching block on the tertiary institute’s central city campus.

Originally home to the Hamilton Technical College, Wintec House has a Heritage New Zealand Category B rating, a status that Chow:Hill needed to protect during the building’s redesign in 2010.

By adopting a careful design narrative, which preserved the building’s history and retained the historic façade (a requirement because of the building’s officially recognised heritage), Chow:Hill transformed the outdated teaching block with restricted community interaction into a 3350m² three-level mixed-use development, incorporating a high-quality learning environment, event space and commercial premises.

The transformation of the existing building into a new central city events destination involved an innovative integration of seismic upgrades, carefully designed in harmony with existing building fabric, to retain a sense of the building’s history while providing the facility with a new lease of life.

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Wintec House, Wintec City Campus

Project Credits

Client

Wintec House, Wintec City Campus

Status

In Progress

Project Type

Learning Environments

Awards

2011 NZIA Awards
// Waikato, Bay of Plenty
// Interior Architecture

2011 NZIA Awards
// Waikato, Bay of Plenty
// Heritage

2011  RLB, Property Council NZ
// Excellence

 

Project Lead

Brian Squair

Design Team

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