Paxies Building

The formation of a new pedestrian lane and retail complex between Marine Parade and Hastings Street has created a much needed link between the city and the sea. This development, a collaboration between the developer and Napier City Council has resulted in three active faces to what was once a land-locked site. Careful placement of steps, planters and lighting make this urban space a welcoming, active place during the day and a safe pedestrian link at night. The brief called for a precinct that reflected the scale of the surrounding streetscape by creating a series of smaller blocks which resemble the tight cluster of Art deco buildings in Hastings Street. The existing Paxies Restaurant and antique shop had fallen into near dilapidated state when the developer purchased the building and adjacent vacant site. A sympathetic heritage restoration and structural upgrade has revitalized the existing Paxies Building and enriched the remainder of the site by creating a public space and retail area. The use of steel and precast concrete reflects the minimal detailing of the original building and also highlights the Spanish mission style parapet and façade treatments for which this building is renowned.

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