Clever design creates sense of space
When technology company Oracle New Zealand was moving its Auckland ofﬁ ce to a smaller space, design and project management was awarded to Catalyst Group to implement a design to create the same sense of spaciousness in the tighter ﬂoor plate on Level 13 of the AMP tower in Auckland CBD.
“We had to create a space that worked for the staff, where they felt comfortable and at home and where they had the space to do their work as they were used to,” explains Catalyst senior designer Nicole Wilson.
This was largely achieved by the breakout room ﬂanking the main meeting room, which could be opened up to create a larger space when required.
“Operable walls – one solid and one glass – ensure sight lines, light and views to Wynyard Quarter. The breakout rooms also offer some of the best views so staff can beneﬁt from the stunning outlook”, says Nicole.
Another way to increase the sense of space was to separate the ﬁxed desks for full time staff with a pod of touch-down desks for ﬂexible use.
“As these ﬂexible desks will not always be occupied this creates a further sense of space in the ﬁtout,” explains Catalyst design manager Jenni Crow.
In order to ensure that staff were on board with the changes they were included as an important and integral part of the design process. Catalyst held two workshops with the Auckland Oracle team who were involved in making key decisions around ﬁnishes and furniture.
The aim was to combine an industrial and homely look – no mean feat as these two styles are typically on opposite ends of the design spectrum.
The industrial feel was largely achieved by exposed elements including ceilings with ﬂ oating acoustic panels for sound absorption.
Softer furnishing, such as a leather couch, created a comfortable home-like environment.
“This project really demonstrates our strength in understanding the entire build and design process and knowing the right questions to ask to give and deliver the desired result,” says Nicole.
“It shows how Catalyst can hold the client’s hand throughout a project, from conception to completion, liaising with many different parties and accommodating their views and desires to give the
outcome the client was hoping for,” adds Jenni.
Jenni says that Catalyst has differentiated itself in the marketplace by being more than an architectural practice.
The company’s team of architects, designers and project managers work throughout New Zealand providing a full architecture, design and construction service that can be adapted to the design needs and budget of any commercial project.
With ofﬁces in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, Jenni says that Catalyst is well-positioned to service the needs of clients nationally.
At present Catalyst is working on another project in the AMP Tower, this time for owner Precinct Properties, an end of trip facility located in the lower ground of the building.
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