Australia Commercial Design Trends Series AU Commercial Design Trends Vol. 33/1C - Page 49

Facing page:A raw concrete wall, glass balustrade, metal studs and a voided section where there could have been valuable floorspace – the look in this stair is pared-back and energised. Larger than life photos are all part of the Kathmandu call to outdoor adventure. Below:Vibrant product below and black services overhead – Kathmandu’s store design team fitted out this retail space. “Christchurch is our home and we wanted to demonstrate our commitment to the rebuild and the city,” Edwards says. Glen White says the building’s design responds to the sensibilities, and needs, of Kathmandu as well as the prominent corner site within the precinct. “The client wanted a bold building, in glass and black cladding, providing the ideal backdrop for the Kathmandu white logo. The black spandrels were also a fire safety consideration,” says White. “Plus the high-performance, double-glazed façade is ani- mated by automated blinds that track the sun and move to optimise indoor temperature and light. Kathmandu also needed a sheltered outdoor space, with a grassed area that could be used to set up exhibitions. Responding to this, the building forms a shallow U around a protected courtyard with artificial grass that looks out to a side laneway. Inside, the building has a no-nonsense, modern, semi-industrial tone which seems to say ‘we just want to keep things honest and spend our energies climbing mountains or kayaking rivers’. The ground floor includes the new Kathmandu store – fitted out by Kathmandu’s own store devel- opment team; a staff cafeteria with operable walls which can expand to double its size for presentations; and a call centre. The upper levels are home to offices and an inhouse design studio. search | save | share at