Spark Central

Spark Central
Spark Central

With the co-location of 1,850 people from six locations, the primary objective of this project was to create an interactive environment.

With the co-location of 1,850 people from six locations, the primary objective of this project was to create an interactive environment.

With the co-location of 1,850 people from six locations, the primary objective of this project was to create an interactive environment. The atrium plays a central role in achieving this. Hotdesks and cafe environments are located next to the atrium to create an ‘active edge’, animating the space and fostering social interaction. People are drawn to these spaces to energise and interact. Work-process analysis created a fluid working environment where workstations, hotdesks and breakout-spaces are juxtaposed. A central ‘street’ runs the length of the building on each level, crossing the atrium as bridges and organising a range of meeting spaces.

In the client-facing areas, vibrant glass blades and a crisp white reception desk act as a wayfinder for visitors leading them from the bustle of Willis Street to the calm of the Client Lounge. These visually distinct elements are contrasted against timber veneer wall panelling and bluestone tiles which instil a sense of warmth and permanence.

Vibrant colours, quirky graphics and funky furniture selections reinforce wayfinding on the working floors and provide design continuity with Spark’s Auckland headquarters (formerly Telecom).

The working floors feature mixed and integrated work and meeting environments. These are carefully calibrated to support a core briefing objective - to supersede the traditional fixed-desk model and to support and evolve a range of tech-enabled working styles denoted as ‘fixed’, ‘flexi’, ‘floating’ and ‘free’. This detailed understanding of occupancy patterns permitted a reduction in area per person whilst still achieving the desired amenity of a spacious and interactive campus-style working environment.

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