Our second New Zealand signature store is situated on Auckland’s High Street. Edged by the historic fortifications of Albert Park, it makes tonal and textural gestures to the site’s history; namely, its mysterious tunnels carved from the hill’s volcanic rock foundations.
The design, created by our in-house Design Department, marries angular lines with the formidable heft of stone. Porous Timaru basalt was selected for the walls, offering texture and scale to the interior. Its deep blue-grey hue is offset by mossy green—a visual allusion to the lichen that coats the volcanic peak of One Tree Hill—and muted lighting.
Upon entry, twin faceted steel masses provide a visual through-line. The smaller of these slabs features embedded hand-carved stone troughs and custom taps; the larger, at the rear, constitutes the sales counter. These monolithic forms are complemented by brushed metal shelving, inviting visitors to meander through the space.