Project of the Month | Röhlig Logistics
The distinctive Röhlig Logistics building at Auckland Airport's The Landing Business Park respects the context of its landscape, while creating a sense of identity and place through strong architectural form.
The building responds dynamically to its surrounding environment through large screens that drape over the building. These are angled at one end to align with the chevron pattern of the landscape, and create a twist to the building form that responds to the curvature of the road.
Röhlig Logistics is a leading global freight-forwarding company with its headquarters in Bremen, Germany. The company has more than 2000 employees across 30 countries and has been operating in New Zealand for 20 years.
The brief for its new Auckland base called for a highly functional freight-forwarding facility, as well as offices and amenity areas. The end result is a striking geometrical building that brings movement to the streetscape. Architect Jonathan Walker of JWA says the landscape design at the business park is structured with angles, diagonals and chevrons, all of which heavily influenced his design.
"You can see lots of planting going off at angles and that was one of the starting points; to bring those lines and structure right up and into the building. This created some of those angular shapes that we play with," says Jonathan.
Along with double-height glazing, the dark screen that shrouds the building gives it a distinct edge, yet also integrates the form into the wider urban context and landscape. Integration is assisted by the neighbouring building, which Jonathan also designed. Smaller in stature, the two fit together as a pair, responding to the street frontage. They are located on a low sweep off the road as it heads down to a public park at the end.
"We wanted to create buildings that reflected and pick up on that sensual curve of the road and created a dynamic response that would carry you down the road to its end point. It's quite a sculptural response," says Jonathan.
The roof is a structured cloak over the whole building, says Jonathan. The external materials and colour palette facing out are kept simple and natural, including raw concrete and metallic detail on the metal claddings.
The aluminium has a dark finish and the windows reflect the surrounding greenery and changing skies. This allows the building to be sculptural but not dominant.
"The building sits quite recessively behind the landscape and it's only once you get past the layer of landscape and come up to the building that it's really quite sculptural and dynamic," says Jonathan.
The Röhlig Logistics building was awarded Excellence and Best in Category for the Yardi Industrial Category at the 2018 Property Council New Zealand Rider Levett Bucknall Property Industry Awards.
The Landing Business Park, Auckland Airport
Owner Auckland International Airport
Developer Auckland International Airport
Construction MacRennie Construction
Architect Jonathan Walker, JWA
Services Engineer ECS
Structural Engineer Day Consulting
Mechanical Engineer Thurston
Quantity Surveyor Cuesko
Project Manager Xigo
Sprinkler Engineer Protech Design
Photography Lux Photography
This article was originally published in the 2018 Property Council New Zealand Rider Levett Bucknall Property Industry Awards Magazine.