Following the 1935 All Black tour of Great Britain, All Blacks Hugh McLean and Ron Bush became interested in forming a New Zealand rugby club that adopted the philosophies of the foundation Barbarians Club in England.
The resulting clubhouse was located at 17 Cricket Ave for well over 40 years, prior to the redevelopment of Eden Park for the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
We were engaged to develop a new club lounge on the upper level of the ASB Stand. This is now the permanent home of the New Zealand Barbarians, and replicates the atmosphere and amenities previously enjoyed in the original clubhouse.
The main lounge space is partially separated by a peninsula bar into large and small areas. The smaller provides a more intimate, comfortable atmosphere while the larger allows for a range of seating and standing spaces.
We also remodelled two corporate suites in the same theme, as an extension to the main lounge.
The modern design has created an environment that links past, present and future, with the lounge containing salvaged items from the original clubhouse including stained glass windows and club memorabilia - photos, paintings, jersey, cups etc - all displayed in purpose-designed units as an integral part of the overall decor.
Club patron Bob Sorenson opened the magnificent new facility on 24 June 2010.