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By embracing change and striving to create an exemplar environment, Trustpower has created an inspirational workplace that demonstrates their commitment to the region, signals their business aspirations and above all, speaks to a belief in the value of their people.

By embracing change and striving to create an exemplar environment, Trustpower has created an inspirational workplace that demonstrates their commitment to the region, signals their business aspirations and above all, speaks to a belief in the value of their people.

Trustpower, one of New Zealand’s leading utility companies, embarked on an ambitious journey to create a new workplace. Having outgrown their former head office premises Warren and Mahoney provided advice on property strategies to determine the optimal site and consolidated fit for Trustpower’s growing business, relocating them to a new 7200m head office in the heart of Tauranga CBD. Warren and Mahoney worked closely with workplace strategy consultants, Veldhoen & Company to implement an Activity Based Work environment for Trustpower to work flexibly across a wide range of workstyles and business units.

Following a rigorous analysis of their workstyle, Trustpower committed to creating a highly flexible environment embodying themes such as “connection and collaboration” and “energising and fun”. The resultant fit-out design is inspired by bold landscapes, most evident in the atrium which forms an energising heart to the building. Here, strong circulation elements juxtapose against a periphery of light and colour. The atrium floor folds up to connect physically and visually with the upper levels, encouraging vertical movement through the building. The atrium corners deflect into the void to reveal a diverse range of work settings, creating spaces that connect the business and encourage collaboration and creativity.

Spread across three floors, the accommodation includes a range of meeting settings, tele-working areas, communal kitchenette and terrace, and a range of furniture solutions to support a flexible workstyle. The legibility of both the atrium and the wider fit-out is strengthened through use of materials that traverse the interior in broad strokes; timber brings warmth and tactility, rich ceiling textures delineate functional zones, floor finishes provide contrast and grain, and strong colour palettes impart a unique identity to each floor. Beyond the atrium edge the spatial composition transitions to support a more focused workstyle with the pod meeting rooms forming a perforate threshold to the work settings beyond.

By embracing change and striving to create an exemplar environment, Trustpower has created an inspirational workplace that demonstrates their commitment to the region, signals their business aspirations and above all, speaks to a belief in the value of their people.


An impressive three-level, top-lit atrium underpins the design of this contemporary new office. Handsomely scaled and articulated, the atrium is the building's social hub - from here, workspaces ebb and flow naturally around the perimeter. Materials, finishes and bold swathes of colour have been masterfully combined, and the seamless fit of the interior work within the base building is a testament to the skill with which the architects have worked with their client, the base building architects and engineers. This new workplace is beguiling and sophisticated; a successfully embodiment of the essential themes specified by the client - connection, collaboration, energy and fun.
New Zealand Institute of Architects Local Awards Citation, 2016

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