Gerard Lighting was commissioned by their client, Cooper and Company to deliver a comprehensive office lighting solution designed to highlight the architectural features of the two refurbished heritage buildings.

Situated in downtown Auckland’s Britomart business district, the Australis and Nathan buildings are two 200-year-old iconic, heritage listed structures that have been recently refurbished to offer luxury office and retail spaces. The heritage buildings now house iconic retail stores such as Tiffany & Co. and Chanel on their ground floor retail areas while the floors above offer 4000m² office space featuring a sleek, modern design to attract prestigious commercial tenants.

Gerard Lighting was engaged by the client to deliver office lighting that highlighted the architectural features of the historic buildings while also meeting current best practice standards. This meant the solution needed to combine functionality and energy saving features while emphasising the building’s many aesthetic qualities, such as exposed timber rafters, beams, original ceiling and brickwork.

Some of the challenges for Gerard Lighting included a totally exposed ceiling on one side in two office space areas, a special suspended ceiling of custom black perforated tiles in the opposite space, and stairwells with limited areas to mount lighting.

Gerard Lighting addressed these challenges with two different lighting solutions to achieve the required outcomes. Two products from Aesthetics Lighting’s range were chosen to deliver the luxury character of the project as well as the optimum lighting levels for a workspace.

Highlights of the office lighting solution included a Futcha LED recessed module customised into a perforated black tile, seamlessly matching it with its surrounds; an Austube 60 Greenstar LED beam product suspended in the exposed timber area, powder coated in black to blend with the rest of the design palette; and wall mount Austube 50 Slot Greenstar units in the stairwell.

The lighting installation delivered successful outcomes for the client in terms of their aesthetic and functional objectives. The energy consumption is at best practice levels for 2016 while the centuries-old buildings boast better light levels and lower power consumption than most of their surrounding downtown counterparts.