Auckland Film Studios Expansion - Project Kelly

Project
/ Completed 2022

Auckland Film Studios Expansion - Project Kelly

Ignite Architects were the lead architectural firm that brought together a specialist team to design and deliver Project Kelly in a tight program between filming seasons. 
Project Kelly involved two new world-class Sound Stages – totalling 2,000 square meters each.

Auckland Film Studios is a film production facility located in Auckland, New Zealand. It was established in 2000 by the New Zealand film director Peter Jackson and his business partner Fran Walsh. The studio complex is located in the suburb of Henderson, west of Auckland’s city centre.

The studio complex includes five sound stages, workshops, offices, and other facilities necessary for film production. The largest sound stage is over 2,200 square meters and has a height of over 18 meters.

Over the years, Auckland Film Studios has been used for the production of many notable films, including the Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit trilogy, and King Kong.

Project Kelly involved two new world-class Sound Stages – totalling 2,000 square meters each – utilising a Durra Panel wall lining system to the external walls for noise control between the two large spaces.  

Ignite Architects were the lead architectural firm that brought together a specialist team to design and deliver Project Kelly in a tight program between filming seasons.  The design of the studios had to take into account in the wall system the need for vibration isolation due to the nearby railway line, as well as the requirement for high-quality acoustic detailing. Durra Panel wall systems helps block out noise coming in and out of a building envelope. Impact Resistance at low levels was boosted by installing Durra Panel Cement Sheet finish up to a height of 4 meters.

Builder Haydn & Rollett’s early involvement in the design methodology and construction planning helped to deliver Project Kelly on time and on budget.