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Combining function and beauty in a special community project – Homeground

July 21, 2022

“Just because something needs to be highly functional, doesn’t mean it can’t be beautiful,” says Tiffiny Hodgson, Director at Halliday + Baillie.

Halliday + Baillie have recently contributed hardware to the first purpose-built complex for the charity, HomeGround designed by Stevens Lawson Architects which offers respite for people who are homeless, provides health services, therapy and activities such as art classes. It is also home to 80 apartments for longer term accommodation.

“For decades, Auckland City Mission had been squashed into buildings that weren’t really fit for purpose and weren’t ever designed with their needs in mind. HomeGround flips that completely around – it’s a building that has been designed for them,” says Tiffiny. “It’s a project that was certainly long overdue and a wonderful way that we could help and give back to the community.”

The hardware in the community spaces of the thriving central city hub were Halliday + Baillie’s contribution – its stair rail brackets, flush pulls and pull handles were used on every floor of the building. These shared spaces, such as the laneway that the public can use to access the building, have high traffic and are used 24/7 – demanding quality hardware. Solid brass hardware, finished to black chrome, answers to this and performs on two levels: form and function.


The full version of this article was originally published by Archipro on the 2nd June 2022 and the full version can be read here.

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