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zone. People are more transient today – they can sit down with a take-away coffee and a laptop, or meet visitors.” The lobby, designed by FourFourSixSix, features a suspended timber batten ceiling. This defines the circulation route, and also hides services. Weirwalker Architecture designed the fit-out for the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC). “The reception area features sinuous curved elements that reference ocean waves,” says Weir. “We continued these down the passage, which helps to lead you through the space. Because the corridor has a curve you can’t see what follows, so it generates an air of anticipation. LED strip lighting gives the corridor a visual lift. Textural wallpaper also enlivens the circulation area, and contrasts the smooth painted Gib board on the other side.” Other shipping references include folded aluminium panels behind the reception desk, which recall the form of a shipping container. The office also reflects a focus on employees and staff retention. There is a café-style breakout area and a large outdoor terrace for staff. In the work areas, cedar screens help to provide a sense of enclosure and minimise distractions. The joinery was built by MWF Manufacturing, a specialist in the design and manufacture of joinery for commercial and residential applications. “MWF worked on the base building joinery and the MSC fit-out,” says Michael Doig. “Much of this work was bespoke and the company went out of its way to ensure it was of an exceptionally high standard. The MSC fit-out provided a few challenges with the different curved elements, but the end result cannot be faulted. We have taken future clients through the floor to demonstrate what can be achieved. Everyone is proud of every aspect of this building, for good reason.” Owner:Amherst Properties, 28B Moorhouse Ave, Christchurch, phone (03) 377 4958 Email: Concept architect:Fourfoursixsix, 43 St John Street London EC1M 4AN, phone (+44) 207 323 2060 Email: Design documentation, project management: Robert Weir, Weirwalker Architecture, 138 Bristol St, Merivale, Christchurch, phone (03) 355 6012 Email: Main contractor:Ganellen, Level 7, Press House, 158 Gloucester St, Christchurch, phone (03) 377 3373 Email: Interior joinery:MWF Manufacturing, Unit 3, 11 March Place, Belfast, Christchurch 8051, phone (03) 365 6218 Email: Anderson Lloyd fit-out design, project management and construction:Unispace, 3 Paragon Pl, Sockburn, Christchurch 8042, phone (03) 344 0608 and 7 Waokauri Pl, Mangere, Auckland 2022, phone (09) 255 4111 52 search | save | share at resources & more images 45406 at more on Christchurch rebuild 42108 at another Christchurch office 43886 at a video about this project 45562 at Below left:Cedar screens help to separate workstations in the MSC office. Architect Robert Weir says they also help to minimise distractions, yet allow employees to glimpse what’s happening elsewhere in the office. Below:Similar screens feature in the staff breakout area. All the joinery in the office was built by MWF Manufacturing. Story by Colleen Hawkes Photography by Jamie Cobel