The building was designed foremost with good access to public transportation, amenities and energy efficiency. High performance insulation is used in conjunction with sun shading, integrated air floors and extensive use of natural daylighting and materials were chosen for their sustainable and renewable properties. Water is conserved throughout the building and storm water is treated on site through a green roof and rain garden. Cultural heritage also influenced the design of the building, especially the City Council Chamber, which takes the form of a gourd, a significant local iwi (Maori people).
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