New Zealand Commercial Design Trends Series NZ Commercial Design Trends Vol. 30/6 - Page 63

pull back to create one large event space. The other side of this level is for staff socialisation and dining facilities. All hot food and dining options for staff are on this top level, encouraging staff to gravitate towards this space, says the designer. “The decor also facilitates individual disciplines coming together. A motif of joining and interlocking elements runs through the offices. It can be seen, for example, in the geometric forms on the conference rooms, which are much like a 3-D puzzle, and in the plank composition of the joinery on all levels.” Repeating the blade ceilings and a consistent use of eco-friendly eucalyptus veneer add to the sense of connection between floors. To achieve the coveted 5 Star Green Star rating, Hassell addressed everything from indoor light quality, including setting workspaces to the perimeter, to specifying low-VOC surfaces. In addition, a high material efficiency was achieved, in part by constructing most joinery off site. Other green aspects are super-efficient chilled beam air conditioning, energy-efficient whitegoods, low-flow tapware and the designer’s choice of Geca-accredited furniture. SEARCH | SAVE | SHARE AT 61