"Rather than strong contrasts, we wanted subtle tones like those you see in nature."
This is also obvious in the carpet, which resembles the patchwork pattern of fields in an aerial view.
The Fonterra colours were also used for wayfinding, an important aspect of ABW in which there are no fixed workplaces. Staff can set up in any position in the building, and potentially change this from day to day or even over the course of a day.
There are seven different types of work settings, including spaces designed for highly focussed tasks, process-oriented tasks, working with one other, casual conversations, or making private phone calls.
"Each of these activities needs a slightly different ambience. They range from calm, through modest to expressive, and they have been carefully positioned within the building to create synergistic adjacencies," says Bryant.
Calmer settings are near the edges where it is slightly quieter, with the more modest settings in the middle towards the atrium where activity is greater. The expressive settings are in the Lantern and wrapping round the atrium where there's more buzz and movement of people.
One of the positive outcomes of everyone being able to choose their work setting is that the space doesn't have to be completely uniform.
"The way this building is designed empowers Fonterra people to work where they want, when they want achieving Fonterra's aspiration of enabling its people to be as good as they can be."