APL Hautapu

APL Hautapu

Project Background

APL, the country's largest manufacturer of aluminium windows and doors, embarked on a transformative endeavour in Hautapu, near Cambridge. They aimed to develop the 56.7-hectare industrial zone, emphasizing sustainability and innovative design. The project involved the Mechanical, Electrical, Hydraulic, and Environmental Services Design at the Hautapu Development Campus. Additionally, it encompassed services and environmental work associated with the Masterplan and future APL Campus. APL sought to create a second home for its staff, an inspirational workspace, and a benchmark for sustainable industrial development.

APL Hautapu
APL Hautapu

Design Considerations

The team at Jasmax were the creative minds behind the design of the APL Hautapu building. The design considered various factors, including acoustic considerations, materials, resources, and environmental impact. The objective was to create a space that maximized the use of natural energy, such as natural ventilation and lighting, while also accommodating the industrial processes within the building. Climate-based daylight modelling was employed to optimize the quality and quantity of daylight distribution throughout the space.

Design Inspiration

The design inspiration for the APL Hautapu project revolved around the concepts of being clean, green, and industrial. Rather than constructing an average warehouse, the aim was to create an architectural statement and a sustainable workplace with the highest quality finish. The project drew inspiration from the desire for transparency, simplicity of materials, and attention to detail demonstrated in the earlier APL Factory HQ, completed in 2015.


APL Hautapu is committed to achieving a Green Star rating, which signifies world-leading design, construction, operation, and fit-out that promotes a healthy environment for both people and the planet. The project incorporates numerous sustainability concepts, considerations, green features, and innovations. From energy-efficient façade design and low-carbon material selections to optimized lighting systems and water-sensitive design principles, the building sets a benchmark for sustainable industrial development in New Zealand.

Jacobsen Product Selection

Within the APL Hautapu project, Jacobsen products were carefully chosen to align with the sustainable design objectives. The selected Jacobsen products include:

Pergo Svalbard Natural Mountain Oak

Shaw Carpet Tile Textile 5T279 18X36 – Bamboo

Shaw Carpet Tile Dye Lab 5T041 610x610mm 41516 Black Tea

Regupol Acoustic Sonus Multi 4515 4.5mm 1m Wide

Refin Cromie Tendenze 300x600 tiles

Refin Mold Iron (matt finish) 1200x600 tiles

Refin Mold Iron (matt finish) 600x600 tiles

JCS white matt tile 300x100 tiles

These products were chosen for their quality, durability, and eco-friendly attributes, complementing the overall sustainability objectives of the project.