Ponsonby Central II is located on the formerly dilapidated carpark to the rear of Ponsonby Central. The brief was to build on the successes of Ponsonby Central I, drawing on the concept of the international marketplace – a place to meet, eat, drink, work and be social for the sake of it. The design for the Resource Consent for this project was undertaken by Bernau Architecture, with PB&A engaged post obtaining the original Resource Consent through detailed design and documentation and construction.
Ponsonby Central II is a 6-level development inclusive of2 levels of basement car parking, hospitality - food and beverage off a central laneway and cinema to L1 (off Richmond Road), commercial tenancies to L2 and L3and an apartment to L4. Ponsonby Central II utilises a grey fields site, activating the park's edges to the west and its Brown St and Richmond Road frontages, providing a better urban outcome for its immediate context, the reactivation of its street and park interfaces. Linkages to the existing Ponsonby Central and surrounding context revitalise this urban block.
To connect seamlessly with the existing Ponsonby Central, there is a continuation of the character brick façade to L1 & L2, with a materiality change and a stepping back to L3 and again at L4. The park-like roof terrace is symbiotic with its park neighbour. Its eclectic material palette speaks to Ponsonby Centrals overarching ethos -a sense of permanence as if it has always been there.