Successful office refits not only showcase the skills of the design team they demonstrate to prospective tenants and other tenants in the same building how their own space could be revitalised.
That was the case for this office upgrade at the National Bank Centre in Auckland's Queen Street. The owner, Kiwi Income Property Trust (KIPT), had already installed a new cafe, and refurbished the lobby and lifts. Then Kiwi Property Management (KPM), the manager of KIPT, took on the lease of two floors on the upper levels of one tower. It was a good opportunity to demonstrate what could be done with the space and unlock the potential of the National Bank Centre, says KPM's portfolio manager Jon Lesquereux.
"The brief to Tim Hooson of Jasmax was to challenge traditional fit-out designs in the building to create a light, spacious, efficient and contemporary working environment that would meet our need for both team and individual working styles," he says. "We asked them to create a showcase fit-out that could be used to demonstrate the potential of the office space within the centre."
Hooson's team created a large reception area that extends across the spine of the building. On arrival, visitors are now greeted by daylight views throughout the office. The concept has been duplicated on the secure staff floor, which contains staff facilities and utility and break-out areas.
"Careful use of natural daylight, an open-plan concept, and glazed internal meeting rooms have all resulted in good visual connectivity across the floors," says Lesquereux. "There is a significant degree of collaborative activity in our workplace, and we couldn't afford for our teams to become detached."