Mott McDonald has relocated to level two of the new Mason Bros. building, an existing character warehouse in Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter, also designed by Warren and Mahoney. Occupying 1,700m2, the new premises sits atop the exposed roof structure.
The design brief called for a new office to house the existing headcount of 110 occupants, with the potential to expand to 170. The main focus was to create a client-facing front of house that creates a welcoming atmosphere. A large café space allows for a feeling of community, as well as providing various seating arrangements for internal and external collaboration.
The design concept follows the natural character of the loft space. Natural light from the skylight is absorbed providing a bright, airy space that creates a feeling of energy and wellbeing. To make use of the dynamic form of the exposed roof, exterior elements are incorporated in the interior design. Meeting rooms are strategically placed in the form of small “huts” and the large boardroom forms a “community hall”, providing significant landmarks throughout the office.
The hut concept, rare in workplace design, features timber paneling walls and typical window treatments found in New Zealand homes. The colour palette focuses on a light hue; white-wash timber paneling, white walls, and an occasional glimpse of gold integrates with the base build design, and reflects natural light.
This project is striving toward a 5-star Green Star rating.