One Market Lane occupies a unique triangular island site in inner city Wellington, where the city grid meets the historic waterfront line. At a crossroads between the city and the water, the design for this high quality, well-appointed building needed to draw together the various qualities of the site through a geometry that maximises its context and environment.
Located within a precinct of refurbished heritage buildings and sitting adjacent to the heritage Xero House (formerly John Chambers) building, the design of One Market Lane marries old and new. A curved plinth at the base of the building aligns with Xero House, seamlessly rounding off its long profile, and the sculptural upper levels of the new building rise gracefully from this plinth, set back like wings to complement rather than overshadow its heritage neighbour. As the building’s site means that it is seen in the round, the overall design has been carefully considered, with smooth transitions and fine framing ensuring that its form is strong but light, contemporary but understated.
The building’s unique island site is also the key to the quality of its interior spaces, with light and sun bathing the building on all sides. Its upper floors will accommodate expansive apartments that make the most of the spectacular views from all sides, ranging from waterfront and sea views to views over the city itself. Intelligent, spacious layouts and modern, elegant design with a high quality of finish create apartments that offer a high standard of inner city living.
Studio Pacific Architecture
Willis Bond & Co
Architecture New Zealand
May 2016 (Issue 3)