Hobec Building - Hub on Cameron - NZIA & DINZ Awards
A year after moving to the Hub on Cameron at the corner of Cameron Road and Eleventh Ave the New Zealand Institute of Architects ("NZIA") and Design Institute of New Zealand ("DINZ") have affirmed what we and our clients already knew - we arguably have the best legal offices in the Waikato Bay of Plenty and maybe New Zealand.
We recently joined our Interior Architect, David Wingate of Wingate Farquhar Architects, at the Waikato Bay of Plenty NZIA Awards evening in Hamilton. Partner, John Mackay was honoured to accept two awards on behalf of Holland Beckett. The first being the Commercial Fitout of the Year which included the following comments from the judges:
"An unconventional open plan approach has been used for this conservative professional office, arranged on two floors and linked by a generous open staircase. A light and spacious work environment transforms previously closed offices into an open plan arrangement which brings principals and staff together, while retaining all cleint-related activities on the upper floor. Imaginative glazed walls and partitions from acoustically separated spaces without compromising the open layout."
Of more surprise was the Resene Colour award for bold use of colours. Given early concerns that there were too many white surfaces the introduction of soft furnishings and art ultimately completed the look. The judges made the following comments with reference to this award:
"Splashes of strong primary colour, treated consistently across soft furnishings, light fittings and furniture detailing, together with warm timber and cool metal materials, lift the muted tones of the wall finishes."
The photos below are testament to the justification for both awards.
David Wingate attended the National Awards in Auckland as our fitout was a finalist in the National Spatial Design Office and Workplace Environments category. Once again success abounded with our premises receiving the bronze award.
While proud to be acknowledged by both institutes the true test is how our new offices work on a day to day basis. Both the work floor and meeting floor are functioning beyond expectations. The key features that have set us apart are as follows:
- Pavilion style meeting floor finished to an extremely high standard with tasteful art and soft furnishings;
- Client floor and work floor linked by an American Ash timber stair set alongside and American Ash feature wall;
- 6 meeting rooms and a boardroom on the meeting floor;
- All staff and partners working in an open plan work area;
- Operable wall between boardroom and meeting room 6 to open up the rooms for presentations and client functions;
- A series of quiet rooms to allow partners and staff on the work floor for drafting and research;
- IT and AV solutions in the boardroom including telephone and video conferencing, integrated sound system and large flat screen television;
- Communal staff areas including the staff lunch room ("CAFE") positioned in the prime space facing Cameron Road.