Adam Art Gallery

Project Summary

Client: Victoria University of Wellington

Project Type: Educational

Project Timeframe: 1999

Architects: Athfield Architects


Adam Art Gallery

Project Description

This tall sliver of a building on the Kelburn campus is sandwiched between three other university structures, creating a wind trap which posed special construction challenges. 

The gallery sits on rubber bearings designed to compress during an earthquake. Getting its steel frames plumb in such a tight wedge was extraordinarily difficult, particularly as putting the black zinc cladding in place threatened to knock the frames out of alignment.

This was solved by pre-loading them then connecting insulated pre-cast panels to keep it watertight. This was all done while incorporating a pre-existing stairway.

A major art exhibition was staged to celebrate the opening of the gallery, which remains a well-used campus showpiece.

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