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With its hundreds of glass louvres and elliptical steel framework, the three-storey structure behind the old Chief Post Office is a glittering entrance to New Zealand's first underground train station

Heart of glass


Textured stainless steel surfaces were specified for much of the Britomart project. Not only do they provide a bold, contemporary aesthetic, they are also practical, being both durable and easy to maintain.

In the former CPO building and glasshouse, NZF Stainless provided a range of stainless steel products and finishes, including textured and embossed sheet and mesh ceilings. Textured, and in some areas coloured, stainless steel lines the lift interiors and clads doors throughout the former CPO, providing extra durability.

Embossed stainless steel surfaces are also a feature of toilet doors and partitions. Checks and Linen pattern sheet are used in these areas. Barriers feature the more three-dimensional 5WL pattern.

Textured 6WL stainless steel surfaces were specified for the column cladding in the station. The stainless steel-clad trees feature bespoke bark patterns designed by artist Michael Parekowhai.

NZF architectural manager Todd Lindsay says the embossed stainless steel is not only durable, it helps diffuse the light and hides minor imperfections, such as dents and scratches.


For further information, contact NZF Stainless, tollfree 0508 372 293. Email:

First published date: 12 October 2003

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