Originally built at the turn of the nineteenth century, this former home for a doctor was relocated from the corner of Willis and Abel Smith Streets in 2007 as part of the inner city bypass project. In 2010 the property was purchased by a private investor and Architecture Central were commisioned to turn the dilapidated interior into a modern office complete with six individually lettable rooms, two kitchens and four bathrooms over two levels. The property is heritage listed and so the design process invloved consultation with the Historic Places Trust. On completion the building was named Karo House as it backs onto the newly formed Karo Drive. Karo House is now fully occupied by international advertising agency Young and Rubicon.
Abel Smith Street, Wellington, NZ