PowerNet and Invercargill design firm McCulloch Architects were thinking outside the box when planning this commercial office project. It was conceived both as a progressive future-proofed commercial office and potential support centre for the Invercargill region in case of an unforeseen emergency.
Highly architectural in character and displaying stunning good looks, this project called for attention to details with a liberal use of glass, aluminium composite panel and exposed structural steel components.
Specified as an earthquake proof ILT4 structure, the PowerNet office building has special cross bracing and backup infrastructure allowing it to remain self-sufficient for a number of days in emergency conditions. The build also included the construction of a roof designed to collect rainwater for provisional use along with hot points pre-installed to support electric cars of the future.