The innovative start-up company wanted a certain amount of ‘New Zealandness’ reflected in their new office design, and HMA delivered by incorporating a variety of interesting solutions for which they were recently awarded best interior at the NZIA Wellington Architecture Awards. The space reinterprets the traditional office layout model, mixing up meeting rooms, desk and work areas and relaxation and games zones. Spread over three floors, each level is unified with a slide acting as the primary mode of transport between.
Continuing on with the innovative ideas, the company brought a caravan inside the space, to both reflect the quintessential notion of the kiwi summer and to act as a break-out space. Green artificial turf was used as flooring in one meeting room, and summer was further brought indoors through the use of a bold red, orange, blue and green colour palette. Trade Me's Sarah Hard said, “HMA have created an office environment that has real energy and stimulates new thinking. Trade Me is an informal but focused business with a healthy disregard for hierarchy. HMA has a similar ethos which is one of the reasons why we were able to work so well together.”