GHDWoodhead creativespaces designed the offices for real estate development company Goodman Property Trust located in Auckland, New Zealand. Goodman Property Trust (GMT) is an NZX-listed Unit Trust which invests in high quality industrial and office property. It is an established business built around a modern portfolio, a wide customer base and a proven development capability. Goodman’s own+develop+manage model is an integrated customer service offering at the heart of their business.
Known for being a professional, trusted and successful leader in the property industry, when they were looking for a designer of their own corporate head office, the same qualities were sought. GHDWoodhead creativespaces were engaged as Design Consultant after a competitive bidding process with peers in the industry. The brief for the new office within Auckland’s Viaduct Quarter in the Goodman-owned VXV precinct, was to create an open, highly flexible office that encourages collaboration and a freedom to work related to the task at hand.
The space caters for 50 full time staff yet only 38 workstations are provided. The balance is made up of quiet spaces, phone booths, soft seating and meeting spaces. With no assigned desking, and a clean desk policy, staff are encouraged to be truly responsive. There is a clear focus on high-end technology and improved staff interaction. With a desire to push the boundaries of the previously traditional office, the shift to agile workspace is reinforced by workplace champions.
A welcoming reception, and inviting communal space are key features. Sustainability was a key driver for the fitout design, and the project is targeting a 5 Green Star Interior Built rating. The polished concrete floor and soda blasted columns in conjunction with exposed ceilings and services, form an industrial aesthetic that is complemented with creative planting, surfaces of colour, and warm timber. Aged copper downpipes provide cabling to the workstations, providing an interesting material counterpoint. The result is an inspiring and revitalising space, a unique forward-thinking fitout, which truly showcases the Goodman organisation and brand.
Designer: GHDWoodhead creativespaces
Photography: Michelle Weir, Colleen Tunnicliff
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