Plant and Food Research is a horticultural research organisation with a beautiful campus in Mt Albert, Auckland. Central to the campus is the seven storey Hamilton Building (1967), and the adjacent deco-inspired Cunningham Building. Bossley Architects, in a joint-venture with Labworks Architects, have been engaged to radically update both buildings.
This involves a new roof and facade, and interior accommodation of four floors of laboratories and three floors of general office space. To encourage greater collaboration between staff groups, a range of alternate ways of working additional to deskbound workspaces has been introduced, along with architectural interventions such as a series of double-height spaces which link the floors vertically.
Construction is currently underway.