The strategic brief for the Statistics New Zealand fitout, developed in association with international workspace consultants DEGW, was geared towards radically changing the way that the company’s staff worked, creating a more interactive, adaptable and unified organisational structure with increased productivity.
Statistics staff now access upper floors through a generous stair opening into a central interactive gather space located on each floor. A series of meeting rooms separates the hub from the adjacent open plan work areas, preventing hub activity from impacting on these areas.
Informal meeting rooms are directly attached to the main circulation route, encouraging collaborative work. Typical floors accommodate approximately 130 staff in 120 degree desking, the result of a pilot study to ascertain the optimal balance between interaction and privacy. Quiet rooms are placed at the perimeter of each floor, creating peaceful individual work spaces that offer light and inspiring views.
The ground floor accommodates a gracious reception area leading to a suite of meeting rooms and a café. The bustle of the café and the flow of people to and from the meeting rooms give the floor a sense of vibrancy and energy that was previously lacking.
Completed on a modest budget, the Statistics fitout exemplifies the capacity for workplace design to reshape, facilitate and energise the way a company works. A survey completed post-occupancy revealed excellent productivity gains, improved collaboration, improved adaptability and overall a positive response to the new look and layout.
NZIA Wellington Architecture Award for Interior Design, 2006
Resene Colour Award, 2006