Fit-out does justice to law firm and star location

Homage to the character building while addressing an Auckland law firm's culture & values, including flexibility and a non-hierarchical approach, inspired this fit-out by Wingates

Interior design by Wingates

From the interior architects:

Greenwood Roche is a specialist project law firm that advise on a range of New Zealand public and private sector projects. 

Its existing space had become tired and did not now reflect Greenwood Roche’s culture & values that embrace flexibility and a non-hierarchical approach within the firm. 

Hugely motivated to remain in Britomart, Greenwood Roche approached us with an aspiration to design a space on Level 6 of Cooper & Co’s Hayman Kronfeld building – as a destination evoking flexibility, charm, non-hierarchical design, practicality and with a people focused quality appropriate for top tier lawyers. 

Key to our brief was ensuring great acoustics throughout with the space providing multiple opportunities for staff get togethers.

A key consideration in our response was to ensure that we complemented the base building design while addressing the unique opportunities and challenges of a heritage building. 

Our design acknowledged the rhythm of the existing structure, the differences between the building facades, how the services are delivered and resolved the acoustic challenges.

In 1965, one side of the building was damaged by fire. 

The base building team preserved & reinforced the area, resulting in a beautiful dark chocolate-coloured charred ceiling that contrasts with the rest of the space. 

This materiality is referenced in the reception desk and vintage furniture pieces to connect the two spaces and soften the newness of the fit-out.

The open-plan space was supported by meeting rooms and phone rooms, providing alternative spaces for increased acoustic privacy for high-focus tasks. 

A carefully curated and restrained selection of materials was chosen to complement and enhance the beauty of the building fabric with brass features catching the light, creating areas of focus and delight.

Credit list

Greenwood Roche interior fit-out
Project managers
Rebbeck Dunn Watters
Marshall Day
Quantity surveyors
Barnes Beagley Doherr
Interior designer
Lighting and mechanical services
Structural engineers
Norman Disney Young
Impact Interiors
UFL, Aspect, Kada, Simon James

Designed by: Wingates

Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Jono Parker

17 Sep, 2023

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