From the Resene News - issue 3/2017
From the Resene Total Colour Awards gallery of entries
Law firm Mayne Wetherell sought to move their offices from their CBD location to embrace the informality within the vibrant innovative Wynyard Quarter.
The brief was to create a space that expressed comfort and quality without being too formal, a refined residential aesthetic rather than a traditional corporate approach. Having already adopted open plan workspaces to create a non-hierarchical, open and supportive environment, the new focus was to create a flexible workspace for clients and staff to enjoy. As a legal practice that operates in the financial sector, acoustic privacy for client meeting rooms and confidentiality in the workplace was crucial.
Mayne Wetherell is a deliberately young practice and their focus on nurturing young talent shows through in the innovative workplace design. An electronic concierge welcomes all guests in lieu of a traditional reception. A variety of meeting and quiet spaces with bespoke furnishings surround the sophisticated, highly detailed waiting area. Feature timber panelling on curves walls leads to the hub of the fit-out, the stunning breakout space with panoramic views across the harbour. Fixed height shared work benches and individual sit to stand work desks are provided for staff. The modular design allows work desks to be easily repositioned along the central storage spine, enabling flexibility.
The flexible work environment encourages learning and sharing of ideas, where juniors can be directly mentored by senior staff.
The palette integrates polished concrete floors, bespoke routed timber panels, black joinery and hardware with neutral blue-grey tones in soft furnishings and custom designed rugs. The colour palette was inspired by luxurious natural elements such a timber, water and stone-line finishes. The materials and textures were taken from finishes used in both high-end residential and corporate environments. As you enter the space, the combined use of light and materials creates a warm, moody atmosphere.
The bespoke timber panelling coated with a Resene clear finish is a repeat feature and is seen throughout, on walls and in the joinery. Warm off whites, Resene Half Sea Fog and Resene Quarter Sea Fog, were used to lighten the highly detailed interior. Resene Black was chosen to highlight the negative detailing in the timber panelling as well as making a statement in the kitchen joinery. The textural grey of Resene Off Piste behind the kitchen joinery is taken from the stone-like elements in the basalt splashback and in the concrete flooring.
The working environments are lightened by the use of warm off whites, Resene Half Sea Fog on the ceilings, with textured light, warm grey wallpaper used a feature element alongside Resene Quarter Sea Fog on the walls.
The tight radius of the curved partitions tested the limits of sound rated plasterboard, creating a seamless look while not compromising on acoustics. Double lined sheer curtains create a visual privacy in the meeting rooms while portraying a residential feel. Suspended feature plywood and baffle ceilings are evident throughout the space enhancing acoustics.
The overall look is timeless and sophisticated, where the environment captures and enhances the Mayne Wetherell culture.
Architectural specifier: Creative Spaces
Base build architect: Jasmax
Base build contractor: Fletcher Construction
Building contractor: Alaska Interiors
Client: Mayne Wetherell
Painting contractor: Tradesman Group
Photographer: Simon Devitt
Project manager: RCP
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