Natural sophistication enhances office well-being
When an accountancy firm sought to extend their offices with an atmosphere of openness, collaboration and professionalism, their architects specified warm and hard-wearing textures.
BDO needed to reinvent their New Plymouth offices, not only to keep pace with the tone of modern client relations, but also to foster more of a sense of well-being among staff.
Not bound by specific corporate design criteria, BDO kept it local, engaging Taranaki architects and interior designers BOON to design a 500 sqm office space on Young Street for both collaborative work and meetings with clients.
‘BDO were after a space that would be professional, warm and welcoming to appeal across the range of their clientele,’ says BOON designer Emily Batchelor. ‘From local dairy farmers to corporate clients, we developed a concept based on natural colours, materials and imagery.’
The interior is an extension to their existing offices in the building adjacent and houses the main reception and meeting areas for client liaison, as well as dynamic spaces with operable walls for training and functions, an open-plan workspace for up to 24 people, and offices for senior staff.
Such a diverse space needs to be drawn together thematically – something that BOON achieved through the use of Interweave and Regeneration, two carpet tile collections from Advance Flooring. BOON deployed two tones of the former parquet-style pattern, and highlighted specific functional areas by drawing out strands of the brand identity, client history and local context. Meeting spaces use Regeneration tiles in a lively, dynamic red, and perimeter offices have tiles in a more nature-oriented green.
Emily notes that these products brought much-desired texture and pattern to the interiors. ‘They are aligned with that concept of a softer, more natural feel rather than solid block colours; the tiles provide warmth and sophistication with a splash of colour.’
Elsewhere in the design, soft tan colours and timber panelling provide a quiet and neutral backdrop, while environmental graphics along the meeting-room partitions display images of trees from New Plymouth’s treasured Pukekura Park.
The Interweave and Regeneration designs are Voxflor products distributed in New Zealand by Advance Flooring. Both use recycled nylon – in Regeneration’s case, 100% – and are a heavy-duty, commercial-grade carpet ideal for offices, schools, hospitality venues, and public spaces such as libraries, churches, museums, community centres and auditoriums. Read the product specification here: Regeneration, Interweave.
Project: BDO offices, New Plymouth
Architect: BOON Architects
Photographer: Sandra Henderson