A move from its Lower Hutt office to a custom designed space on the Petone foreshore offered IT company Radium an opportunity to support a wider cultural change, improved team experience and business development programme.
The new interior was to be created before other design work, so we started with what the brand story might be. We then translated this into a design that would be consistent with any future development. The distillation of this work was SIMPLIFIED COMPLEXITY – this is what Radium provides for their clients and also what interior design needed to provide Radium. Spatially the brief was to create a variety of areas that maintained a sense of openness whilst also delineating specific places with different uses. Creating a space that acoustically balanced the needs of the individual with that of the group was an important factor.
A combination of materials (acoustic textiles and panels, specialist glass) provided the solution to the noise challenge. A bold and brave use of custom colours visually divided the open plan area and our creative spatial design maximised the unique layout.
The result? A modern, functional working environment with a combination of acoustically managed meeting rooms and open plan work and social spaces for collaborative working or casual get-togethers.
“Frances’ approach was to get involved and be collaborative; more than simply having her on the project, she was part of our team. I trusted Frances to do what she is good at without feeling the need to micro-manage and this made the process less intensive than it could have been. Once she had the brief and the design intentions were established we were able to get together at certain key touch points and beyond that I felt confident to let Frances do her thing.
Personally, having an enclosed office space for me that also features a large window into the office means I can have privacy, the noise of phone calls are contained and yet I don’t feel locked away and am more accessible to staff.
Taking us from a workspace experience that was closed in and uninspiring to one that is funky and interesting was achieved. Having this is a valuable asset as we seek to build our team in order to facilitate our growth goals.
Visitors always comment ‘Wow’ – it’s a cool place to hang out and a workspace to be proud of.”
Kate Hyndman, General Manager, Radium
“I loved learning about the science behind acoustics, the human behaviour side of it and working with our suppliers to come up with the materials to manage the noise. The process with Dulux to come up with the paint colours was also really engaging for me. Advances in technology make this a really exciting time for interior designers; we can really push the boundaries to solve our clients’ challenges. The opportunities are endless!”
To find out more about this project or to discover how we can achieve similar results for your commercial interior, contact Frances Fraser, 027 474 9191, firstname.lastname@example.org