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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,Sustainable Building | 1 Comment
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  rating from the New Zealand Green Building Council  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’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  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.
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Via World Architecture News 
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URLs in this post:
 mixed-use: http://inhabitat.com/2010/10/07/blooming-terraced-building-to-spring-up-in-slovenia-next-year/
 innovative robotic car stacking system: http://www.ironbank.co.nz/video-gallery/
 RTA Studio: http://www.rtastudio.co.nz/
 Ironbank: http://www.ironbank.co.nz/index.cfm
 New Zealand Green Building Council: http://www.nzgbc.org.nz/
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/10/26/auklands-ironbank-features-innovative-car-stacking-garage/ironbank-4/
 5-Star Green Star: http://www.urbannz.co.nz/Features/LatestFeatures/tabid/376/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/812/Ironbank-building-is-officially-green.aspx
 New Zealand Green Building Council: http://www.nzgbc.org.nz/main/greenstar/
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/10/26/auklands-ironbank-features-innovative-car-stacking-garage/ironbank-5/
 rusty facade: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/10/18/new-zealands-supreme-court-lays-down-the-eco-law/
 World Architecture News: http://www.worldarchitecturenews.com/index.php?fuseaction=wanappln.projectview&upload_id=15007
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