Private Office II

This ‘legacy’ office, filled with collectable art, has an intended lifespan of more than 20 years – an unusual brief in a time of workplace churn. To achieve our client’s request for an enduring space that was also calm, flexible and sophisticated required a combination of careful planning and natural, textured materials that would improve with age.

The office houses two related businesses, with the floor plan configured for the respective privacy of each, as well as flexible use of space (the boardroom, for instance can be partially or completely opened or shut off with a series of motorised pivot doors) and the ability to share centrally located amenities. The kitchen and bar, which can be completely concealed behind sliding doors, sits near the office centrepiece, a massive, travertine-slab-topped bench with brass inlay – frequently used for informal meetings, meals and hosting social events. For visual privacy and sculptural interest, a fine-chain metal curtain casts intriguing shadows across the travertine floor.

Photography by
Jackie Meiring

2020 NZIA New Zealand Architecture Awards - Winner, Interior Architecture category
2020 NZIA Local Architecture Awards - Winner, Interior Architecture category
2020 Best Awards - Gold, Offices & Workplace Environments category