With 10 eateries and bars serving up an eclectic mix of international cuisine, craft beers, tapas and all day sun, alongside the action of a working wharf, North Wharf is a priority destination during any visit to Wynyard Quarter.
While a great spot to enjoy a bite to eat or drink, the buildings that house the restaurants and cafes have a great story to tell.
Designed by Architects Fearon Hay the inspiration for the “North Wharf” cluster was the Old Red Shed on North Wharf with its distinctive red doors. The shed was previously an Auckland Harbour Board building dating back to the 1930s. Originally the cargo shed stored goods as they were unloaded from boats moored at North Wharf before being dispatched onto trucks or trains, the tracks which can still been seen on the wharf.
The red doors provided inspiration for the two buildings established either side, forming the “North Wharf” cluster. ATS Timber’s Kakapo Clears were custom machined to a TGV profile to meet architectural specs and required length spreads. This timber was made into doors to replicate the old ones and painted in the distinctive red colour to match. Our Timber Consultants worked in conjunction with the contractor and our Approved Reseller to come up with this specialised solution for this high profile project. The main contractor for this project was Fletcher Construction.
The building’s weathered, original timber frame has been retained, as well as the original cladding, which is visible from inside.
Fearon Hay Architects have used pallet timber on part of the exterior walls of the two buildings on either side of the Old Red Shed to reflect the industrial look and enhance the character of the North Wharf working waterfront.
See more info at http://www.northwharf.co.nz/north-wharf/home/
Learn more about the Architects Fearon Hay
Photography by Patrick Reynolds