Photographer: Mark Scowen
ASC Architects were required to produce a fresh new design for a McDonald’s family restaurant including McCafe and Playplace to service departures patrons at Auckland International Airport. This involved creating a new design with complementary décor for the dining room. A separate remote storage facility is provided elsewhere in the airport precinct.
The main tenancy consists of approx. 363sq.m and caters for approx. 128 customers with general service areas, self-order kiosks and a McCafe. Main kitchen & BOH areas. The remote store area is approx. 66sq.m primarily made up of additional freezer, cooler & dry storage capacity.
The McDonald’s tenancy is in one of the 2 main strategic departure wings at Auckland International Airport. Located adjacent other retail tenancies with exposure to high pedestrian flows. Visibility is a key consideration of the client and operational efficiency is paramount. The relatively small footprint allows ample seating & good surveillance around the restaurant.
The new restaurant is complemented with a new décor which is deliberately neutral. The energetic environments that have been the signature for McDonald’s have now been replaced with a simpler, calmer décor. Touches of green and accent lighting highlight some of the features of a strong feature wall element. The use of graphics has been used sparingly.
Although Greenstar accreditation was not required, the design team & client do take seriously the need to select sustainable materials and come up with solutions that are higher than the minimum standard.
The tenancy posed a few problems with the need to maintain large areas of existing glass. Orientated north west brought with it the risk of overheating. Maintaining views across the departure gates was important.
The project team considered ESD as an integrated design process, the tenancy & ongoing operation of the restaurant, design outcomes that improve occupant experience and comfort.
Mechanical services include a requirement for the utilization of energy efficient control systems for reduction of operating costs through free cooling. Utilizing software programs for estimating the cooling and heating requirements, testing and commissioning using calibrated test equipment such as air flow testers ensure the plant is properly balanced, commissioned and operating efficiently.
Lighting is LED on daylight sensors. Some existing fixtures were retained as part of the base build. Durable cost-effective materials have been selected minimizing ongoing maintenance. Internally timber look laminates are durable and meet all fire codes required. Existing timber look perforated panels provide acoustic performance in areas that otherwise have hard surfaces.