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About this Project

Located in the fashionable High Street area of central Auckland, the Metropolis is a 42 storey, 360 room apartment hotel project.

The hotel’s limestone clad podium houses two levels of high value retail, residents' and guests' lobbies, pool, gymnasium and health club areas as well as 230 carparking spaces. The main tower has 22 typical apartment floors of 15 apartments per floor and levels 31 to 34 include five to eight penthouse apartments per floor. Levels 35 to 39 are occupied by luxury penthouse apartments.

A strident New York styling was determined as the form generator for this statuesque project, and this is seen from the ziggarat roof form through to the custom crafted ironmongery throughout the interiors.

The building is a tour de force of substantial detail and rich materials that enjoys widespread public admiration.

Awards Won

  • 2000 Master Builders Assoc of Victoria - Best International Project


Client The Courthouse Tower Trust

Location 1 Courthouse Lane
New Zealand

Completion date December 1999



01 Metropolis s

Limestone clad podium with tower above

03 Metropolis Entry s

Refurbished Courthouse entry to hotel

04 Metropolis Lobby s

Hotel Lobby

02 Metropolis s

Precast exterior with refurbished heritage Courthouse.

Richard Goldie2
The exterior we enjoy is a ‘case study in precast’. The lower level stonework was enormously challenging too. I’m happy to talk further about this if you’ve time.
Richard Goldie

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