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Westpac Takutai Square


From the Resene Total Colour Awards gallery — Britomart

We developed with Westpac an aspirational brief which talked about connections between business, the land, the people.

Westpac Takutai Square

The design for the interior space of Westpac – Takutai Square was influenced by its site context, which lies right on the historic Britomart foreshore. There are subtle references to the land/water connections through the building. We were also lucky enough to be incorporating the old 4-storey Tingeys Building on the corner of Custom Street, which used to straddle what used to be the cliff edge and the foreshore. This visual imagery influenced the creation of boardwalk bridges and internal stairs connecting through the historic cafĂ© space.

We also developed with Westpac an aspirational brief which talked about connections between business, the land, the people. Westpac desired to add a distinctly New Zealand flavour to the fitout and we developed the notion of connecting the people to the building and the land by creating a sense of climbing through the strata of New Zealand landscape as you ascend the 12 levels of office space.

Red and white Westpac offices

There were common elements on every level but flavoured with colours and textures of the Tectonic plates (Level 1), Deep sea (Level 2), Foreshore (Level 3), Dunes (Level 4), Forest (Level 5), Geothermal (Level 6), Lakes (Level 7), High country (Level 8), Clouds (Level 9), Volcano (Level 10), Mountain (Level 11) and Sky (Level 12). This linking has a strong resonance with the users. The occupants of the tectonic floor describe themselves as 'the movers and shakers!' Westpac's wish to unify its workforce is expressed in the architecture by the link stairs that connect all levels next to the main breakout common spaces. The use of Westpac red for link stairs and lobby ribbon meeting rooms symbolise this unity of the business and the building.

Red and white lunch room
Westpac office space
Westpac Takutai Square building

Colours used: (all levels) Resene Sea Fog, (level 1 – Tectonic plates) Resene Colins Wicket, Resene Moroccan Spice, Resene Oilskin, Resene Pravda, (level 2 – Deep sea) Resene Bounce, Resene Cliffhanger, Resene Moroccan Spice, Resene Warrior, Resene Zomp, (level 3 – Foreshore) Resene Tuna, (level 4 – Forest) Resene Double Pravda, Resene Ebony, Resene Poprock, Resene Streetwise, (level 5 – Forest) Resene Chameleon, Resene Icon, Resene Rambler, Resene Topspin, (level 6 – Geothermal) Resene Armadillo. Resene Hullabaloo, Resene Lemon Twist, Resene Tapa, (level 7 – Lakes) Resene Armadillo. Resene Maestro, Resene Oxford Blue, Resene Thor, (level 8 – High country) Resene Cliffhanger, Resene Gargoyle, Resene Hillary, Resene Oilskin, Resene Raven, (level 9 – Clouds) Resene Stonehenge, Resene Tuna, (level 10 – Volcano) Resene Caffeine, Resene Lemon Twist, (level 11 – Mountain) Resene Afficionado, Resene Endorphin, Resene Talisman, (level 12 – Sky) Resene Matterhorn, Resene Perfect Taupe.

Products used: Resene Lustacryl, Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen.

Architectural Specifier: Tim Hooson (Project Director), Sarah Langford-Tebby (Senior Designer), Jasmax Ltd
Building and Painting Contractor: Hawkins
Photographer: Todd Wilson

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