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Luxury meets industrial
Dark tiles, concrete, glass, simple furniture, white walls – not your usual run list for a luxury boutique hotel fit-out? All we can say is, it works!
Training with a Tiger!
TigerTurf can lift your game, almost literally. With options ideal for gymnasiums – a TigerTurf surface adds colour to your environment, offers a heavy-duty yet soft to the touch training surface and ...
Climate change and our part in its downfall
Our planet is being pushed to its limits – this blog by NZGBC Chief Executive Andrew Eagles provides insights and some practical ways forward.
Creating a healthy workplace
How do you ensure the mental health of your staff through your work environment? Victoria Tavendale, Mirvac’s general manager of asset management presents her perspective.
Strong yet highly sensitive
If you are specifying commercial tapware there's a lot to consider – from quality, water savings and safety, to hygiene, style and price. Award-winning, sensor-controlled Schell Xeris E-T tapware deli...
What's the attraction?
New premises for media and entertainment production company Attraction Media establish brand identity through how its employees use and interact with the space rather than overt brand messaging
Scott Base – the coolest development?
Scott Base is the strategic hub for scientists from New Zealand and across the globe to carry out some of the most important research in the world today. See the proposed design for the new base by Ja...
Head office with branches
At Westpac’s contemporary new head office beside the Avon River, bank staff all but work amongst the treetops lining the river banks. The Westpac Building and the Westpac fit-out, both by Jasmax, take...

Trending commercial projects

Healthy air – sorted

Westpac's head office at The Terrace achieves a highly coveted 5 Star Green Star rating – high performance air diffusion products from Temperzone played a key role See more

Crowned in concrete

Striving for architectural excellence is one thing, learning your craft within a great example of architectural excellence is quite another. Cue the graceful yet raw, concrete-and-glass addition to the University of Miami School of Architecture campus See more

It's a wrap

The dynamic shapes of the white pre-cast concrete façade on the ViRoads office building were inspired by the continuous look of a circuit board and also provide a sense of flowing roads – a nod to the naming and principle tenant, VicRoads See more

There can be only one ...

Sorry, we just sold the last one. The new Lexus car showroom in Queenstown stands out from the crowd – in fact it only has room to display one car. See more

PwC Centre takes top award

Wellington's PwC Centre wins Supreme Commercial Project of the Year. Entered by L T McGuinness, it is the first of its kind to be built in New Zealand thanks to the innovative structural engineering approach used. See more

Roughcast concrete surface for Sheraton

Decorative wall panels in a concrete form-work finish from Muros were selected for the external entrance of Auckland's new luxury hotel Four Points by Sheraton, as well as for its Queen’s Head Bar & Eatery. The industrial-look finish was specified by Studio D&A to bring the design to life efficiently and economically.

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Green transport just got greener

Public transport saves on road wear and tear, petrol consumption, car production/consumption and more – now, to showcase horticultural excellence, Singapore has added green roofs to the list, rolled out on 10 transit buses. See more

DNA-inspired design – the shape of things to come?

The form of the two towers in the Steven Holl Architects' design of the headquarters for genome machine intelligence company iCarbonX in Shenzhen was appropriately inspired by a study of genes and DNA See more

From real estate place to surprising public space

Promoting large real estate offerings in China, large promotional buildings have their day then – when sales are over – fall into disrepute. Now they're being repurposed as out-there symbolic public buildings. See more

Mixed-use and light-filled

This development in Chengdu, China revisits the whole concept of a multi-tower, mixed-use development to create a sustainable, light-filled urban precinct that enhances the architectural interface with the city.

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Latest commercial design videos

What makes a great workplace experience?

With input from over 6000 US office workers across a variety of industries and demographics, Gensler's 2019 US Workplace Survey provides new insights into not only what makes an effective workplace, but the investments companies can make to improve employees’ workplace experience and performance. See more

The Shed opens – literally!

Designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, a telescoping outer shell at The Shed, Hudson Bay, gives the arts centre the ultimate flexibility for performances, installations and events. See more

In tribute to I M Pei

CBS 60 Minutes interview from 1987 gives a fascinating insight into the man and his work at the time the Louvre Pyramid was under construction See more

Pod cast

500 optic dendrites protrude from aLL's new Neuron Pod at Will Alsop's RIBA award-winning Blizard Building. But what exactly is it? Watch ... and all is revealed. See more

Plans afoot

Double leaf design for the replacement footbridge at Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter is reminiscent of modern yacht masts or the wings of a large seabird See more

Hong Kong's Kowloon Station – quite a departure

Bustling Kowloon in Hong Kong now has a fresh public sculpture, er, rail terminus, designed by Aedas. See more


If you go down to the woods today ...

In a time where the natural world is often only experienced through verdant Playstation scenes, this treehouse by Modus Studio makes reconnecting with the real-life natural world child's play. See more

Every texture tells a story

A large range of rock panelling and faux woodgrain panels complements the wild mountain overtones in recently opened Claw Mountain Restaurant. Muros Ash Wooden Sleepers – a faux wood panel that offers an old railway sleeper texture – lines the main walls of this fusion restaurant.

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Artful design

Designed by New Zealand firm Bonham Architecture and Interiors, this Art Hotel in Huangshan Province aims to give local and international guests an immersive experience within an iconic Chinese landscape See more

Green bus station's timely arrival

We all know that public transport saves on energy and road congestion, and as such is vital to the health of our cities. Well now this self-sufficient bus station is taking green thinking a stop further. Play me

Don't adjust your set (just your mindset)

The English newspaper The Guardian called British sculptor Alex Chinneck a "master of architectural illusion" and looking at some of his most celebrated public-space works it’s easy to see why. See more

I’m just off to the airport for a holiday

The new Jewel Changi Airport by Safdie Architects – with a rainforest and giant waterfall at its heart – is a gold star destination in itself See more

Installing artificial grass on rooftops and balconies

Artificial grass on rooftops and balconies is a hassle-free way to make the most of your small outdoor spaces all year around – but up front, the installation has to consider waterproof membranes and drainage. 

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