A Facelift for a Building and a Community.

DressSmart is arguably one of NZ’s most important shopping centres, because it simultaneously heralded a new genre of shopping in New Zealand – the rise of the factory outlet – and reinvigorated an entire city suburb.

Over the years Onehunga had suffered a decline in patronage as malls like St Lukes and Sylvia Park had drawn traffic away. The entire district was looking tired as a result. So the new owners decided a new concept was needed to woo customers back.

This centre, occupying an entire city block, was significantly expanded and brought back life in 2005 with a stunning new coloursteel façade supplied and installed by Metal Design Solutions.

Given it‘s location near the rugged Manukau Harbour the constructors, Watts and Hughes, specified marine grade Coloursteel, fixed vertically using a random profile Angle Seam, in the aptly named “Ironsand” tint.

This lends a sense of prominence to an otherwise ordinary building, and blends it in well with it’s surroundings.

This inspiring façade helped populate DressSmart mall with many of NZ’s top retail outlets, and that has brought the crowds back and breathed new life back into an area now considered as Auckland’s next chic lifestyle hotspot.

For well over 15 years Metal Design Solutions Ltd has pioneered advances in the architectural metal industry installing Zinc Roofing / Copper Roofing / Stainless and Aluminium Roofing and wall Cladding. Metal Design Solutions Ltd’s work is now found in and around structures across New Zealand. Check us out at www.metaldesignsolutions.co.nz