Chapman Tripp Wellington Workplace Wins at the 2023 NZIA NZ Architecture Awards

Studio Pacific is thrilled that Chapman Tripp's Wellington workplace has been named a winner at this year's NZIA New Zealand Architecture Awards.

Winners of the Te Kāhui Whaihanga NZIA 2023 New Zealand Architecture Awards were celebrated at a prestigious evening ceremony held in Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington on Thursday 16 November 2023.

The New Zealand Architecture Awards celebrate outstanding work created by architects in Te Kāhui Whaihanga practices. The annual awards honour architecture around the country, from residential to civic and everything in between, that enriches our cities, towns and communities.

The 61 shortlisted projects across 13 categories were visited by a jury including convenor Dave Strachan of SGA Architects, Sally Ogle of Patchwork Architecture, Ewan Brown of Tennent Brown Architects, and guest international juror Clare Cousins. Clare founded her eponymous practice in Melbourne in 2005 and works across a diversity of sectors, ranging from residential to cultural.

Chapman Tripp's Wellington Workplace fitout, designed by Studio Pacific, was named a winner in the Interior Architecture category of the 2023 New Zealand Architecture Awards.

Located in the base-isolated, 20 Customhouse Quay building on Wellington’s waterfront, over two floors, the new workplace offers a high-quality, contemporary work environment that accommodates close to 130 people, and provides a range of reception, meeting, and amenity spaces.

Inspired by the layering hills that border Wellington, a highly textured workplace is created through warm timber veneers, fabric-lined wall panels, textured wallpapers, woollen broadloom carpets, bronzed mesh panels, and thoughtful furniture selections in a range of settings.

Jury's Citation: 
"This project is testament to the effectiveness of strong communication and organisation between client, architect and contractors during the difficult COVID 19 lockdown period. A clear metaphor of light passing from the darker hills to lighter seascapes has resulted in a dark to light material palette within the two-storey floor plates. A central void and stair linking business clients and guests on the upper level and in the workspaces below, activates the space and allows a double-height library wall to stand proud and add gravitas to the work carried out here. This beautifully detailed fitout has resulted in a higher percentage of the team wanting to swap from WFH to being in the office — surely a marker of success.”

Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou, congratulations to all the 2023 NZ Architecture Awards winners, our client, collaborators, and Chapman Tripp project team.

Explore the winning projects on the ArchitectureNow website.

Discover more about Chapman Tripp Wellington Workplace.

Members of the Studio Pacific project team for Chapman Tripp at the NZIA 2023 NZ Architecture Awards.

Members of the Studio Pacific project team for Chapman Tripp at the NZIA 2023 NZ Architecture Awards.

Chapman Tripp – Wellington Workplace

Chapman Tripp – Wellington Workplace