The brief was to refurbish an internal existing area for A.S. Harrison, a company associated with the parent company, The Harrison Group.
As it was located internally and surrounded by offices, there were no windows, so employees had no outlook. The refurbished area also needed to have its own identity but fit within the corporate colours of golden yellow and orange. The area adjoined offices with external facing walls in Resene Fuel Yellow, office doors in Resene Barometer and other larger wall faces in Resene Half Spanish White.
The area comprised one area with tall workstations for four people. The workstations were removed and a full height artificial garden wall was installed. This was comprised of interlocking 1m x 1m panels affixed over the wall after it was painted in Resene Black. Additional foliage of various vines was attached to cascade over the green wall and add visual interest. The garden wall brings the outdoors in given there is no outlook and is now a popular spot for taking selfies.
In lieu of the workstations, a half wall was constructed around the perimeter of this area, which was painted in Resene Seachange. Resene Seachange was chosen to complement the existing Resene Fuel Yellow walls and Resene Barometer doors nearby. Resene Seachange also complemented the greenery of the garden walls and at the same time, created a separate identity for the refurbished areas.
Two long white desks were installed which now accommodate six people instead of four. However despite the extra people this area is a lot more spacious and user-friendly. Artwork was chosen to link with the Resene Fuel Yellow and hung onto the other feature wall of Resene Coffee Break.
Sandwiched between this area and another workstation area, also refurbished as part of this project, was a small meeting room. Previously housing a meeting table and chairs, it now has sky blue bean chairs, orange and black ottomans and a white coffee table. It has become an informal meeting/ideas room come breakout area. On the two end walls, whiteboards have been created one metre above floor height, painted in Resene Half Spanish White and Resene Write-on Wall Paint. The rest of the walls are painted in Resene Double Biscotti.
On the other side of this breakout room is another more open workstation area. A garden wall was created here too, but just between the top of the workstation partitioning and the ceiling. This can be seen from the main reception area as a welcoming and interesting focal point.
The end of this wall was painted in Resene Seachange as a feature to connect and identify. Colourful artwork was hung on this wall to create a friendly and cosier feel. Surrounding this area were existing partitions upholstered in fabrics in the company’s corporate colours.
Office interiors can get a lot of bumps and knocks on a daily basis and need a tough product that will withstand these. Because of this Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen was chosen for most walls areas and Resene Lustacryl semi-gloss waterborne enamel for most trims. The walls behind the vertical garden features are painted in Resene SpaceCote Flat to help them recede into the background.
Building contractor: Peninsula Office Interiors
Garden wall design and installation: Judith Briggs and assisted by Naggy Devikalar
Interior designer: Judith Briggs
Painting contractor: Morris C Painting
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