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Award-winning office design from Herriot + Melhuish

by Sophie Cullen on Jul 20, 2015 in Lifestyle
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(Photo by Jason Mann Photography)

(Photo by Jason Mann Photography)

When tasked to create a new office for internet-auction website Trade Me, New Zealand firm Herriot + Melhuish (HMA) blurred the lines between work and play

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.

A slide connects the three floors of Trade Me's office, adding an element of fun to the workplace

A slide connects the three floors of Trade Me’s office, adding an element of fun to the workplace (Photo by Jason Mann Photography)

 

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.”

Green astro-turf was used as flooring in one of the meeting rooms with the addition of a hand push lawn mower to further the joke

Green astro-turf was used as flooring in one of the meeting rooms with the addition of a hand push lawn mower to further the joke (Photo by Jason Mann Photography)

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