Because the Innov8 building’s floorplates are large, different ceiling finish treatments are used to define different zones. For example, a change in ceiling finish defines a livelier or a quieter area.
As an individual base within this flexible work environment, lockers provide for personal items.
The variety of work settings is also supported by a variety of social gathering spaces and centralised support facilities, that ensure colleagues retain the ability to informally foster a sense of belonging.
“In a recent workplace experience survey, Vodafone participants reported high levels of belonging, friendships with colleagues, and feelings of being part of a group at work,” says Gatt.
And with work, there’s play. Game space is located on both sides of Level 2, including elements such as a digital climbing wall and table tennis.
The wellness facility on the ground floor includes a cardio room, parent’s room, faith/ reflection room and wellness room. A healthy lifestyle is also supported by a purpose-built, end of trip facility with showers and bike parking in the basement.
In aesthetic terms, the campus is designed as a playful environment, creating a series of spaces that reference the New Zealand landscape and celebrate its diversity. Underpinning the playful narrative is a clear and simple planning rationale, comprising two modules and the atrium.
“Module One references urban, gritty landscape while Module Two references the New Zealand suburbs, green and lush,” says Gatt.
“Each has a strong, colourful reference to its concept, which becomes more playful as it moves close to the atrium.”
The atrium’s edges are the melting pot where the two modules collide, becoming a focal point of energy and place to go for employees to collaborate. The Vodafone brand is intended to sit within this framework and has greater presence in the public and external facing areas.
As well as addressing staff wellbeing by its various sporting or niche spaces, the sustainable nature of the fit-out has to be good for staff health as well as limiting the building’s running costs.
Key sustainable factors – beyond the green move of refurbishing and re-purposing an existing building – included new solar shading and glazing to the atrium to minimise heat gains; sensor zone control in open plan offices; installation of low energy LED luminaires; and building energy monitoring.
Then there was consideration of sustainable certification when selecting materials, separate bins for recycling and waste on all floors at breakout and utility zones, and restricted water fittings. These are just some of the green moves in the now highly sophisticated yet humanistic Vodafone InnoV8 building.
The drive of the Vodafone InnoV8 project was to provide a pro-active, future-ready environment that allows the organisation to do and be their best.
“This meant creating a workplace with variety and choice to support effective working and high performance, at the same time as providing spaces for relaxation, reflection and reprieve.
“In a recent workplace experience survey, 73% of Vodafone participants said they feel like they can be themselves at work.”
For Vodafone’s HR director Antony Welton, the new building is about ensuring employees have what they need to be at their best.
“We believe physical environments play a big role in the general wellbeing of our people. We’re proud to have joined the Smales Farm community and feature our own digital workplace. We’re excited to demonstrate our technology and expertise in getting the business ready for a digital future,” Welton says.
Vodafone InnoV8, Smales Farm
Rebbeck Dunn Watters
Cuesko & Ryder Levett Bucknall
Norman Disney & Young
Atrium flooring – stone from European Ceramics; corridor wooden flooring – Tasmanian Ash; staff kitchen flooring – Noraplan from Jacobsen; carpet, type one – Tretford, from Heritage Carpets; type two – Nocturnal 18 with feature tiles, Rainbow, Protégé and Landscape, from Godfrey Hirst
Atrium ceilings – Decortech and Autex; general ceilings – Armstrong Ultima from Forman
Workplace experience survey
Gabrielle Gatt and Dr Lixin Jiang, University of Auckland
Warren and Mahoney, project lead Gabrielle Gatt
Jackson Engineering Advisers
Powdercoated steel from All Steel Projects
Supplied by IBEX Lighting
Desks, lockers, lecterns, some meeting room furniture – Vidak; cafe seating in atrium, and general staff cafe furniture – Harrows; meeting room tables and chairs – Kada; audiovisual – AVT; exterior furniture – ByDezign; cafe, atrium big screen and reception – Retail Dimension
Sam Hartnett and Shamanth Gounder
12 Mar, 2019