Retail showrooms must draw people into every space, thus the allure of a comfortable open space over the two floors was essential.
The client was looking for more space so it was decided to extend the showroom to the basement. Key to this was to ensure any stair was located and designed so it opened up the showroom below and connected the spaces together.
The old basement was damp and airless. Within the low heavily structured (as a result of extra steel and concrete after the 1931 Napier earthquake) 1930’s building new lighting, flooring and ventilation were fitted.
On the upper floor of the showroom large north facing windows in the street showcase the products both day and night. With three sides having no glazing, the office is located at the rear, with a low window looking out across the space to the sun. Keeping customers in view and vice versa.
The materials are simple and strong. Essentially four elements. White walls and ceilings, exposed agregate concrete floor, a generous stair and the reception desk.
The space is a backdrop for the furniture and lighting within it, and it must be easy for both customers and staff alike to engage, observe and see the changing products that define this showroom.
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.
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