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The Innovation Precinct itself makes up three city blocks located within Manchester, St Asaph, Madras and Lichfield Streets. It’s an area with a colourful history, having contained the city’s red light district before the quakes. The master plan for its redevelopment was drawn up by Architectus, and a variety of developers, landlords and firms were approached to bring the concept into reality. Hooper says that of these, Studio D4 was important in instigating the first project – for Vodafone – to get underway within the precinct. Studio D4 director Patrick Fontein says the com- pany undertakes property consulting for tenants, which then leads to putting development deals together for large corporates such as Vodafone. search | save | share at “Vodafone approached Studio D4 to facilitate a project for them, with a strong preference to be in the Innovation Precinct,” says Fontein. “When Vodafone signed the lease for its InnoV8 building, it was the key enabling factor to get the Innovation Precinct up and running.” A joint venture between Studio D4, as design and development manager, and Calder Stewart Development, as construction and financial man- ager, then developed the building. Designed by Jasmax, the resulting five-level, 10,000m 2 building is the most technologically advanced building in New Zealand, and includes xone, a Vodafone-backed startup accelerator and lab for globally focussed, local technology entrepreneurs. Below:Developed as a joint venture between Studio D4 and Calder Stewart Development, and designed by Jasmax, Vodafone’s InnoV8 is New Zealand’s most technologically advanced building. It has also gained a 5 Green Star Design rating. Right:The staircase takes pride of place in Innov8’s dramatic atrium that’s designed to optimise daylight penetration. The staircase includes platforms to encourage collaboration and opportunities for people to ‘bump’ into each other.