Posted by Celia Biggs / 31 March 2017
QE II National Trust is a not for profit organisation that works to protect the natural environment of New Zealand.
Armed with a very small budget, CCM was tasked with enhancing their existing offices, 1980s fitout with very few frills: no air conditioning, plaster tiles, low ceiling and lighting that is very much a feature of tired offices.
Through the judicious use of architectural design elements the environment has been transformed. New up-lighting, colour, graphics, floor finishes, coordinated second hand furniture and some simple changes in floor planning has entirely changed the space.
The green grass carpet tiles, animated lights and native birds all sing in coordination to provide a happy work environment that the client has been proud to say "was only the cost of an old fence post".
Economy is the mother of invention, along with a willing and adventurous client.
CCM Architects is a design lead New Zealand practice. We bring a commitment to architecture that serves the users and delivers for the client fresh ideas, creativity and simplicity out of complex issues.
Our experience ranges from large scale university campuses and hospitals through to civic parks and streetscapes. We understand the importance of urban design to enhance the connections and spaces between buildings for users and the impact this has on creating quality buildings.
We have specialist skills in project management, leading large consultant and contract teams on a variety of projects. We have developed close working relationships with allied professionals to provide our clients with the best expertise available into a cohesive working environment.
We have wide experience in all aspects of the design and delivery of ﬁtouts that complement the ever-evolving needs of the users. We work with our clients to find the best ﬁt within certain parameters such as look and feel, quality, programme and sustainability.
We bring the knowledge of urban context to architectural projects. Providing our clients with consultation design and facilitation skills that ensure their projects fit into the city fabric.
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