New Zealand House

RMJM, London, 1963


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View from street with surrounding context 

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  • View from street with surrounding context    
  • View from haymarket    
  • View from street level    
  • Third floor terrace outsdie the high commisioners office    
  • Second floor garden from circulation gallery    
  • Entrance hall from lower mezzanine    
  • Staff restaurant on mezzanine    
  • Sitting area at lower mezzanine level    
  • First and second floor lift lobbies    
  • High commissioners room    
  • Suite for visiting officials    
  • Voids from south end of second floor    
  • Periodicals section of third floor library    
  • Map cabinet in third floor library    
  • Conference room on seventeenth floor    
  • Map cabinet in third floor library    
  • Site plan    
  • Basement floor plan    
  • Lower ground floor plan    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • Mezzanine floor plan    
  • First floor plan    
  • Second floor plan    
  • Third floor plan    
  • Fourth floor plan    
  • Fifth floor plan sixth to sixteenth are similar    
  • Seventeenth floor plan    
  • Penthouse floor plan    
  • Section    

Highrise tower to house the administrative and social headquarters of the New Zealand High Commissioner and his staff, and to be the public face of the country in London

Built on the derelict site of the Carlton Hotel, destroyed by a bomb during the Blitz the High Commission was one of the first towers built in central London after the war.

Originally planned to be talller the tower faced difficulties gaining planning permission due to complaints that the building affected views from parks and public places. The reduced 18 storey building was granted planning permission by the British Cabinet.

The tower rises from a four storey podium, which is alined with the cornice-lines of adjacent Nash terraces.

The building was designed to be the main diplomatic representation for the New Zealand government, and no expense was spared in its construction. As well as containing the offices of the High Commissioner, the building also hosts the New Zealand consulate in London and the military attaché.


  • Completed: Jan 1963
  • Floor area: 18,580m2
  • Sectors: Office, Civic
  • Address: 80 Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4TQ, United Kingdom

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