Reinvention has been fundamental to the success of The Northern Club. Over our close-to 150-year history, our stunning Clubhouse has been enhanced and adapted to combine heritage and modernity, achieving a pleasing ambience and private hideaway for relaxing, networking and entertaining.
Embracing change as a constant, we are developing a sophisticated and contemporary lounge and bar elevated over the Bankside car park. It will be a fusion of loft and lounge – a smart but relaxed space with its own special energy and a landscaped outdoor area, featuring an external fire place and the west-facing ‘Great Lawn’ to take full advantage of the afternoon and evening sun.
The Club has enlisted Cheshire Architects – responsible for shaping many of Auckland’s pre-eminent hospitality establishments – to lead the design of the project. The two-level structure will form a landscaped podium, or base, from which the existing buildings will appear to rise.
At street level, the extension creates a covered car-park and drop-off area on Bankside Street, and in doing so provides an impressive second entrance to the Club. This level will also accommodate a lobby, additional bathrooms, and a lift and stairway providing an internal, accessible connection to the new and existing Club facilities above.
A stylish bar, sheltered courtyard and the ‘Great Lawn’ occupy the first level of the extension. Together they form an elegant, contemporary space extending outward from the Cheshire-refurbished Bankside Bistro, capturing spectacular views of the city and flowing seamlessly between indoors and out. A retractable fabric roof covers the fire-warmed courtyard, and the various lounge areas have extensive areas of opening windows and glass doors, allowing the club to open up to the fresh air in summer, and close down around the double-sided fireplace in winter. The bar area is set to be a vibrant hub for members not only after work, but during breakfast and lunch.
A roof terrace forms the uppermost level of the extension, set at the level of the existing Wintergarden courtyard and bringing all three buildings of the Club together. This rooftop terrace is warmed by its own outdoor fire, and sheltered by the giant Pohutukawa of Kitchener Street. Together with the ‘Great Lawn’, the roof terrace will be a wonderful facility for members attending large events like our popular pre-match drinks and pre-concert parties, as well as providing an unequalled “landscape” for special private occasions – think weddings with a ceremony under the Pohutukawas and the reception on the ‘Great Lawn’.
As you can see above – development is well underway! Keep posted for updates.
The finished results:
But let’s not forget how far we have come:
Images captured in 1869, 1921 and 1927 courtesy of Glen Farley’s Winter lecture covering the archaeological discoveries found under the Northern Club.