Constellation Drive, a joint project between BVN Architecture and CPRW FISHER meshes a redundant storage warehouse on the city outskirts with a new approach to a corporate office. The fit out integrates with the existing architecture by revealing the base structure at strategic points.
The 75 bank staff armed with mobile technology, are entrusted to work where best suits them, from collaboration to concentrated work. The ground floor offers a ‘boathouse’ of intriguing work spaces and level two acts as a ‘neighbourhood’ of ergonomic adjustable workstations. The workplace is completely shared in an Activities Based Working (ABW) environment
Spaces are defined by transparent screens, string curtains, high backed lounges, differing surface materials, specific lighting levels, ply edged glazing channels, vertical ply routed panels, and acoustic treatments.
In pursuit of creating a literally free flowing work environment, the interior materials provide a variety of textures, moods, colours, and lighting to support any work style experience.
The pattern of the plywood staircase is algorithmically generated from locally found seashell, which is then manufactured using laser manufacturing techniques.
The weatherboards of the ‘bach’ surrounding the collaboration lounge, the plywood of the cave, the glazing graphics depicting local grasses, NZ wool carpets and fabrics, are each familiar on their own but combine in this project to give fresh direction to a new type of small scale corporate setting.
2012 Best Award Bronze – Spatial