New Zealand Commercial Design Trends Series NZ Commercial Design Trends Vol. 30/9 - Page 95

Left:The lower level is a dedicated focus zone, where employees can choose from a vast array of potential work environments. Below:Employees can group together while working on a shared project, or opt for breakout zones. tables are bench height. There is also a high-focus zone, where people can work uninterrupted, and bunkers where workers can make confidential calls. “For most of the office, there are no partitions blocking the visual connectivity,” says Galvin. “Even when someone is sitting in one of the huge hood chairs, they can still have a sense of engagement with the office – they are not isolated.” The flexibility is supported by the latest office technology. Employees have new laptops and soft phone solutions, while the entire office is wireless and features new LAN connections and high-end audiovisual solutions. The use of paper in the office has been greatly reduced. In keeping with Charter Hall’s philosophy, sustainable alternatives were specified wherever possible. Natural light is maximised, products and timber were sustainably sourced, and the joinery was modularised for minimum wastage. The design also ensures employees retain a sense of connection with the outside, no matter where they sit. Southon says there has been a noticeable lift in energy, enthusiasm, engagement and collaboration since the team moved into the office, and plans are under way to roll out the model regionally. “Charter Hall has always prided itself on its ability to deliver smart property solutions for clients by knowing the market and being able to take advantage of opportunities as they arise. Our new office suppor G2F