44 Symonds Street


4,400 sqm

44 Symonds Street

New Modern

This project consists of the restoration of an existing Category A heritage building located on Symonds Street in Auckland. The building, originally built in 1947 and designed by internationally recognised Viennese Architect Frederick Newman is of national significance as one of the countries earliest and most pure examples of modernist architecture in NZ.

The existing complex is two separate apartment buildings connected by a common stairway. The design responds to a brief which was to refurbish and undertake conservation works to transform the rundown and neglected existing building back to its original condition, for use as postgraduate accommodation for the University of Auckland, with the addition of a new level to cater for a growing student population with families.

The proportions of the new level takes cues from the rhythm of the existing facades. All new elements were considered carefully to ensure that there was a clear and legible distinction between them and the original buildings.

The refurbishment project, and design of all new elements was completed in association with Heritage architects - Archifact.


2018 Property Industry Awards - Merit

2019 NZIA Auckland Architecture Award - Heritage