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Auckland’s Eco Ironbank Features Robotic Car Stacking Garage

Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On October 26, 2010 @ 6:50 pm In Architecture,Green Building | 1 Comment

ironbank, rta studio, aukland, new zealand, green building, sustainable architecture [1]

The Ironbank is located in a unique historic area in between of Auckland’s central business district and a quarter undergoing urban renewal. The project was recently awarded a 5-Star Green Star [2] rating from the New Zealand Green Building Council [3] for its forward-thinking green systems, which include rainwater collection, solar hot water heating, natural ventilation via a night purging system, low embodied energy materials, and the recycling of nearly 95% of the construction materials.

ironbank, rta studio, aukland, new zealand, green building, sustainable architecture [4]

Ironbank’s front facade offers retail space and has been built to respect the height of the Victorian and Edwardian buildings that surround it. The rear of the building is a seven-story office tower composed of a rusty facade [5] and container-like blocks stacked at skewed angles. While the front respects the historic nature of the street, the back contrasts with a very industrial, utilitarian and functional aesthetic and program.

The innovative and automatic car stacking system parks 95 cars underground with a robot, where 25 of those spaces are designated for small cars. Energy-efficient design and lighting lower energy use and create a more comfortable environment for the employees and visitors to the building.

+ Ironbank [6]

+ RTA Studio [7]

Via World Architecture News [8]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/10/26/auklands-ironbank-features-innovative-car-stacking-garage/ironbank-4/

[2] 5-Star Green Star: http://www.urbannz.co.nz/Features/LatestFeatures/tabid/376/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/812/Ironbank-building-is-officially-green.aspx

[3] New Zealand Green Building Council: http://www.nzgbc.org.nz/main/greenstar/

[4] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/10/26/auklands-ironbank-features-innovative-car-stacking-garage/ironbank-5/

[5] rusty facade: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/10/18/new-zealands-supreme-court-lays-down-the-eco-law/

[6] + Ironbank: http://www.ironbank.co.nz/index.cfm

[7] + RTA Studio: http://www.rtastudio.co.nz/

[8] World Architecture News: http://www.worldarchitecturenews.com/index.php?fuseaction=wanappln.projectview&upload_id=15007

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