151 Queen Street


Fay Richwhite


151 Queen Street
New Zealand

Completion Date

September 1992

Located at the corner of Queen and Wyndham Streets this building was built for Fay Richwhite/NZI but has for many years been referred to as the Fay Richwhite Building.

The façade is heavily modelled with bay windows with a typical floor area of approximately of 950sqm and excellent light penetration into the office floors. The entrance foyer incorporated the first suspended frameless glass assembly in New Zealand and accesses both Queen and Wyndham Streets, rising to 16 metres above Queen Street level.

The building also houses a gymnasium and associated offices and to the north of the tower, and a 25m pool opens through sliding doors to a tennis court on the western end of the pool and to a view over Queen Street on the eastern end. A remarkable view of the tower is available through the glazed roof of the pool.

2017 NZIA – Regional – Enduring Award
2017 NZIA – National – Enduring Architecture
1992 NZIA – National Award and Gold Medal

An iconic building for its time. It involved the first hung glass assembly in New Zealand and the modulation and articulation of the façade set a new benchmark for office accommodation.

Brian Aitken
Registered Architect