Project Address: Parnell, Auckland

Client: Sampson Corporation

Architects: Pattersons

Completed: 2012

eCubed Duties: Electrical, Data, Security and Specialist Lighting.


Located in Parnell in Auckland’s city fringe, the Samson Corporation’s 6200m² commercial community of five buildings uses twin courtyards and veils of glass to create a sense of community and business all in one.  eCubed were appointed for Electrical Building Services.

The building was the first in New Zealand to achieve a 6 Star New Zealand Green Building Council rating, and was lodged to the NZGBC in May 2009.

With a fully active, openable, double skin façade, no air-conditioning and minimal heating, the building is a beacon for current green thinking technology. The lighting system achieves the maximum Green Star Rating by achieving 1.39W/m² per 100lux.  A first in New Zealand, 7% better than the required highest rating of 1.5w/m², and achieved over 100% of the net lettable area. The lighting solution was also the first design to be awarded innovation points for exceeding all the Green Star criteria.


Not only is the lighting solution achieving exceptionally high energy efficiency figures, but the entire lighting system is a bespoke design by eCubed, which combines all electrical services (lighting and power distribution) within one single element.  In addition, all other available electrical Green Star points have been achieved by eCubed.

Awards —

  • NZIA New Zealand Architecture Award - Commercial Category - 2013

  • NZIA New Zealand Architecture Award - Sustainable Architecture Category - 2013

  • NZ Property Industry Excellence & Best in Category Award - 2013

  • NZIA Auckland Architecture Award - Commercial Category - 2013

  • NZIA Auckland Architecture Award - Sustainable Architecture Category - 2013

  • NZIA Resene Colour Award - 2012

  • NZIA Resene Auckland Architecture Award - 2012