New Zealand Commercial Design Trends Series NZ Commercial Design Trends Vol. 30/6 - Page 62

Another change was the introduction of a wide staircase void to connect all levels of the building. This central element provides vertical vistas from one level through to the next, encouraging staff movement between floors. The resulting connectivity promotes the office as one facility, rather than as a set of separate floors. Glass elevators add to the open aesthetic, while setting services towards the core, and the choice of low desking ensure views right across each floor. Building on the idea of connection, social hubs, serving casual drinks and cold food, are located 60 SEARCH | SAVE | SHARE AT beside the stairwell on each floor and there are also informal meeting zones in the same proximity. The hubs have their own individual aesthetic and also act as wayfinders in a building where the interiors floor-to-floor look quite similar. With the reception and building services at ground level, floors one to five are a combination of open-plan desking, executive and managerial offices, and meeting rooms. The sixth floor is intended for client engagement, with meeting rooms, executive spaces and training facilities. All three training rooms have operable walls that Below:This high-tech meeting room features formwork that suggests the coming together of building forms to create enhanced connectivity. Facing page:The generous use of eucalyptus veneer and plantings brings warmth to the interiors and is a visual reminder of an eco-friendly focus.