Generator - Waring Taylor

Generator Warring Taylor
Generator Warring Taylor

Generator uncovers the eclectic charm of its first Wellington location in the former publishing house and auction building.

Generator’s mix of quirky and characterful workspaces has been hugely successful in Auckland. Its success comes from offering flexible workspaces in an energised, creative environment that caters to a growing sector of freelancers who want spaces to work and network. For its first Wellington site, our client Precinct Properties sought a unique space that connected members to the inner-city location.

Sited on Waring Taylor Street, the existing 1920s building required a seismic upgrade as well as a repurposing from its previous life as an Auction House. This enabled us to reconfigure the internal environment, opening the floorplates, stripping back the interior and revealing the existing character of exposed brick, steelwork and timber floors.

A new roof has allowed us to add skylights and create a central void opening on the top floor, improving the sightlines throughout the building by connecting the upper workspaces.

Four floors of shared workspace sit above a member’s lounge and event space in the basement and a suite of meeting rooms on the ground floor. The member’s lounge is below street level, offering views of the central city location through the high bay windows. A lowered ceiling contributes to a compressed, ambient atmosphere. End of trip facilities are also located on this level.

Our focus has been to retain and reuse existing building elements, while adding a narrative that pays homage to the eclectic history of the site, creating a fresh space that acknowledges its history. A colourful palette is evocative of the creative and eclectic nature of Wellington, celebrating the uniqueness of the city.

This project was recognised at the 2022 Property Council New Zealand Awards for two Best in Category Awards – Commercial Office Property and Heritage and Adaptive Reuse. The judges said:

“Built in 1927, 30 Waring-Taylor is an iconic Wellington building. Precinct acquired the building in 2019, redeveloping and refurbishing it for the launch of Generator into Wellington.

Celebrating the reuse and repurposing of the existing building was the fundamental ambition of the design. Seismically upgraded, the project provides a new-found resilience for the future, touching the building lightly to reveal its inherent historical character.

Transformed, 30 Waring-Taylor sets a new standard in shared workspace solutions with a targeted 5-Star Greenstar rating and 5-Star NABERSNZ rating. Highlights of the development are the commercial success and delivery to programme despite significant refurbishment challenges.”

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