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Google New Zealand fitout

The concept was based on a kiwi bach. The meeting rooms were built with weatherboards and painted in the corporate Google colours. Each meeting room was coloured differently and had a unique theme inside.

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When Spaceworks were contacted to put forward a pitch for the Google New Zealand fitout, they knew immediately that this space would need to have a strong local influence and have real flair. The Google brand also demanded the use of strong colours so paint selection was important.

The concept was based on a kiwi bach. The meeting rooms were built with weatherboards and painted in the corporate Google colours. Each meeting room was coloured differently and had a unique theme inside.

The larger meeting room was named after the iconic ‘All Blacks’. Everything is black, the walls, the flooring, and the chairs with accents of white to accentuate the contrast. The walls were painted in Resene All Black (deep black) with Resene Write-on Wall Paint over the top. Wall graphics with pictures of All Blacks sourced from friends and family are overlaid on the Resene Zylone Sheen. The exterior of the bach was painted Resene Red Hot (primary red).

The green, Resene Howzat (bold spearmint green), meeting room was called the ‘Phushing Lodge’. The name was a play on the kiwi accent and the computer related word ‘phishing’. Resene Double Truffle (oyster taupe) is the main accent colour used to complement the wallpapers and give the space a lodge feel.

The All Blacks meeting room

The final meeting room, painted yellow, Resene Bite Me (intense yellow), is called ‘The Bach’. This space was modelled on the interior of a typical kiwi bach, with Resene Half Truffle (beige) to complement the other finishes.

In both of the smaller meeting rooms, the main walls have floor to ceiling areas finished in Resene Write-on Wall Paint. All window trims, traditional architraves and ornate doors were painted Resene Alabaster (blackened white) to reflect what traditional kiwi baches often look like.

The Phushing Lodge meeting room

The main open plan area of the office was designed to reflect a beach and the subtle sandy colours that appear in this type of environment and is finished in Resene Half Tea (complex neutral) and Resene Drought (dusty beige). The desks are a soft timber and the screens between the desks reflect a typical deck chair. To complete the colour palette the entrance area is finished in Resene Bondi Blue (fast paced blue) and the kitchen/storage area in Resene Deep South (teal blue).

Google has such strong corporate colours that required depth aesthetically, but also needed to cover and perform well.

The Bach meeting room

This Google Office fit-out was awarded a Resene Total Colour Commercial Office Colour Maestro Award. The judges found “This office space reflects a truly on brand message with quirky and fun colour. Unforgivingly powerful, the use of the brand colours to tie in with the story has been expertly done. The local cultural influence helps it to identify with its environment. The scheme comes together well with strong corporate colours transferred into the environment. Subtle colours have also been used in working spaces where more time is spent. This 50s bach like feel is just irresistibly clever and makes you want to get up and go to work.

Office Interior

Architectural Specifier: Spaceworks Design Group
Building Contractor: SteelCo
Colour Selection: Spaceworks Design Group
Photographer: Grant South
Winner: Resene Total Colour Commercial Office Colour Maestro Award
Project: Resene Total Colour Awards 2012
From the Resene News – issue 4/2012

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