Originally opened in 2010 as NZi3, this was the first five-star Green Star educational building in New Zealand. Its futuristic form was shaped by its use as an entrepreneurial hub and it was designed to be flexible, adaptable and to foster innovation, creativity and communication.
The 2400m2 building is highly energy efficient and incorporates a multitude of green features, including the first commercial use of energy-efficient phase-change materials in New Zealand.
It was strengthened and reinforced in 2015, after which the College of Engineering made it their home. The building was renamed John Britten in 2015 as a celebration of the entrepreneurial spirit and creative genius of John Britten who invented the Britten motorcycle which took Daytona by storm in the 1990s.