Wintergarden at The Northern ClubEdit profile
THE NORTHERN CLUB (Auckland, New Zealand) The Northern Club was founded by a group of prominent professional and businessmen in 1867 when the popularity of a private member’s club was at its peak. The four storey building was originally designed as a hotel and built on the first section sold at Auckland's inaugural land sale in 1841. The membership of the club has diversified and strengthened from its inception. Looking to the future, the Club made a decision in 2004 to enlarge and diversify the facilities provided by the existing Clubhouse. Brief The members of the Northern Club required a flexible arrangement of interior and exterior spaces to accommodate the Club’s growing need to host both small and large groups simultaneously, as well as providing a fully equipped contemporary facility for lectures, seminars or similar events. The Club is often used by the wider community as a venue for such events A critical component of the brief was to ensure that any solution is sympathetic to the enduring and ongoing heritage values of the iconic building originally erected in 1867 and extended in 1883-4, now known to the membership as the Clubhouse. This historic structure has endured several waves of central city development and now sits proudly on its corner site wearing a distinctive coat of Virginia Creeper. Any proposal to alter or add to the Clubhouse would require the support of the New Zealand Historic Places Trust and Auckland City’s Heritage Department as well as adhere to the principles of the City’s District Plan and Conservation Area criteria along with the provisions of the ICOMOS NZ Charter. A successful proposal would provide the Northern Club with an updated flexible capacity and an overall identity equal or improving upon that provided by the existing Clubhouse. Solution Wintergarden at the Northern Club: a series of interior spaces and courtyards lightly enclosed with glazed and screened layers to complement the ivy-covered masonry of the existing Clubhouse.