The CAB: Multi Residential Apartments

Housing Interior Design Built

Professional Category

Studio: Josephine Design

Architect / Designer: Josephine Love

Design Team:

Interior Design: Josephine Love, Josephine Design
Developer: John Love, Managing Director, Love & Co.
Architect: Jasmax
Heritage Architect: Salmond Reed
Construction Company: Naylor Love
Project Management: Beca

Country: New Zealand

Copyright: Photographer: Jono Parker

The CAB, short for ‘Civic Administration Building’, represented a rare adaptive re-use opportunity that was seized upon by the developer Love & Co. and interior design Josephine Design who have a specialisation in converting ‘no longer fit for use’ commercial buildings into luxury residential developments. This mixed-use development has 114 residences and an overall land size of 5,135sqm.

The self-set brief was to celebrate this landmark structure and design spaces that enhanced the natural light and vista while at the same time creating a sanctuary in the city, it was ultimately about finding balance. The plan has seen 114 residences created with a number of different configurations created to maximise the individual strengths of each apartment’s orientation within the building all faithfully executed to its A-list heritage.

For its new residents it was not only a chance to acquire a piece of Auckland’s civic history but also an address in the heart of the Arts & Culture precinct in New Zealand’s largest city.

An all new exterior façade and total interior refurbishment using modern materials that are all faithfully executed to its A-list heritage. Completed in 2022, the re-use of its steel frame structure significantly reduced the amount of carbon – a win for the planet. Josephine Design also incorporated recycled kauri in the lounge from the original auditorium and the original steel & aggregate staircase has been kept in a further nod to the modern international style of the building.

The pinnacle is the stunning 556sqm single penthouse on Level 18. Josephine Design set about ensuring the use of full height operable glazing around the Sky Garden Courtyard. This was matched with full height glazing to the west and east aspects of the building to enable users to experience views of the sea and beyond while standing in any part of the internal courtyard.

Another area where the design brief was particularly challenging was the Master Suite, and the achievement of creating a sanctuary within the residence. Grand double doors frame the entry to the master suite, floor to ceiling windows showcase the spectacular views to the harbour bridge and every sunrise and sunset over the upper harbour. A luxurious bath is positioned, to enable a relaxing soak as the world passes by. A substantial dressing room with abundance of natural light and dual access rounds out the overall experience.

The kitchen features a wide expanse of leathered granite, softened by the wood breakfast bar and real bronze accent panels over the induction cook top. The kitchens unique direct connection to the courtyard, family room and dining spaces mean that everyone is involved in or close to the action.
It’s clearly evident that the design brief has been met and that a creative eye and a knack for intellectual design has been lent to every aspect of this impeccable residence.


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Given the unique opportunities presented to refurbish existing office block in a prime location, Cat A heritage protection, the design brief for all apartments was clear. Below is criteria for the Penthouse.

Key for the brief for Penthouse:
• Flexibility of use, to enable a work / live, family / extended family and family / entertainment spaces
• Cherish the Sky Garden Courtyard
• The Master Suite, a sanctuary within
• A kitchen that is the heart of the home
• The finest of materials to be incorporated to create a trophy property like no other.