The building delivers approximately 5700m² of commercial floor space over three levels, with lower and upper levels connected via triple height spaces and an upper level glass balustrade offering views down to ground level.
On entering the building from the south with the lane straight ahead and Warren and Mahoney's own studio directly to the left, the realised potential of the fit-out for the architects is clear transparency plus. The architects' studio is completely open to the laneway at this level.
In a similar design move to that seen in the practice's recently completed Christchurch studio, a central auditorium staircase acts as a town hall, and is used for meetings, proposals, film showings, or social gatherings. The only buffer between stair and the public-use internal street is a grouping of colourful modular furniture.
To the right of the staircase is the reception area, while to the left is the board room, walled in glass as another example of internal and client-architect transparency. Natural light flows right through the boardroom from the front of the building, adding to the natural light in the auditorium space. To bring even more light into this southern end of the building, two illuminated ceilings were introduced, one within the boardroom. The more private, confidential aspects of client business are conducted on the upper level.
The fit-out aesthetic is as bold and honest as the warehouse it inhabits. Finishes are mainly concrete and glass together with stone accents and blackened steelwork all appropriate to the setting.
Directly beside the expansive opening to the architects' studio, and separated from it by an internal wall, stands the staff kitchen. Traditionally a utilitarian, private space buried at the back of premises, here it takes front stage and even spills out into the laneway. The cafe provides a place for architects, designers, clients, and the public to all mingle and enjoy the classic-meets-contemporary space the perfect symbol of egalitarian work relationships and community spirit.