Fisher & Paykel to be Constructed with Engineered Timber Diagrid Frame

14 May 2024

Fisher & Paykel Appliances has released the design of its new global headquarters in Auckland’s Penrose. The move to Great South Road will see the whiteware manufacturing giant leave the East Tāmaki campus it has shared with Fisher & Paykel Healthcare for more than 50 years.

RTA Studio’s master plan for the new 22,780m2 site includes a ‘home’ building for administration, research, design and product development, a ‘shed’ building for appliance prototype laboratories and a ‘garage’ building for employee vehicle parking and end-of-trip facilities. At the centre of the project is a 788m2 social kitchen where ‘home’ meets ‘shed’, effectively uniting the two. RTA has also developed a landscaping strategy with Boffa Miskell to regenerate the land using plants that would have been growing there in pre-European days.

Local hapū Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei has been a key player in the project planning and design, consulting on the history of the site, its original flora and fauna, and the surrounding wetlands. In reference to the local isthmus and its connection to the harbour, the diamond shape of a pātiki (flounder) will form the singular organising motif for the cladding, diagrid and interior of the ‘home’ building. This building will be constructed with a fully engineered timber diagrid frame, similar to that of RTA’s award-winning Scion building in Rotorua, in association with Irving Smith Architects.

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