David Trubridge — Wright Communications

David Trubridge

David Trubridge

Wright
Communications

25 June 2019

by David Trubridge

The right interior fit out for Wright Communications

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If you want to re-energise a work space even on a tight budget there are two considerations that are crucial to getting it right. 

Firstly being intent on creating a fresh space that fits the aspirations of the people using it, and secondly making it as green and sustainable as possible. It results in not just an inspiring environment but a healthy happy one. 

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A new office for Wright Communications

For Nikki Wright of Wright Communications, the transformation of her Shortland Street, Auckland office certainly met those criteria, and more.

“We take pride in our work here – and taking pride in our surroundings is a natural consequence. The main thing for me was making the design and fit-out as sustainable as possible within my budget, whilst still reflecting the calibre of what we do. Ministry of Architecture + Interiors did everything they could do to get the right specs.”

Nikki was also impressed by how positive the collaboration was. “I had a definite vision of what I wanted. They respected that, interpreting it in a way that reflects the spirit of the business. Kiwi, naturally inspiring, with an authentic professionalism.”

As a demolition based fit out, everything was refreshed – painting, floors, walls, furniture, fittings, reception counter, lighting and a new kitchen. The kitchen was relocated from where the current boardroom is into a communal area near the working stations so that eating in the office was an easy and inviting experience.

“I had a definite vision of what I wanted. They respected that, interpreting it in a way that reflects the spirit of the business. Kiwi, naturally inspiring, with an authentic professionalism.”

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From dark to bright, open, and light

“A lot of commercial offices currently use brass, black and bronze shades as well as bright spots of colour. As previously this space was quite dark and dated, using white was our starting point,” said Malcom Ewart, Architect on the project. The fresh approach proved to be an excellent decision. Being light and neutral created a larger sense of space – and allowed all the finishes, furniture, light fittings, oak panels, timber floors, carpets and touches of greenery to come to the fore.

The whole feel of the place has a coherency that is quietly impressive. The bright open workspace has a welcoming energy for both colleagues and clients. It’s a great place to work, collaborate and relax. Stand up desks and stylish panel partitions, add to the overall functionality.

 

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Exquisite David Trubridge Lighting Pendants.

Nikki has a penchant for the brilliant work of David Trubridge and it fits beautifully with the kiwi and natural theme. Navicula was chosen for the boardroom. “I saw it as connecting our office to the Waitemata Harbour down the road, and also connecting our team from all corners of Auckland city to our central location. The Hinaki pendants in the kitchen were in honour of our client Moana. Trubridge describes the design as being based on fish traps. It made sense in our kitchen – baskets of light shining above a place we share kai together.”

The Flax design in the small meeting room represents the weaving together of ideas and collaboration. In the reception area is the Manuka – a very special pendant, that was chosen just on its awesome aesthetics. Beautiful when the light is switched off, and even more so when the light within casts soothing magical patterns. It’s an artform not just a light fitting.

As sustainable as possible.

Ministry of Architecture + Interiors made sure that not only did the design reflect Wright Communications’ brand, but their sustainable principles. Every product, and fitting was specified for its sustainability and low environmental impact.

“I saw it as connecting our office to the Waitemata Harbour down the road, and also connecting our team from all corners of Auckland city to our central location."

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Products used in the project:

The timber flooring and oak timber walls are certified sustainable (FSC-COC certified). The first and second coat of paint was Resene Zylone Sheen D302 – a waterborne low sheen “Environmental Choice” approved finish. The cupboards and joinery are a low emissions choice from Laminex New Zealand which has a ‘level A’ certificate of recognition from the NZ Green Building Council. The carpets have EcoWorx backing with nearly 50% pre-consumer recycled content, and has environmental certifications including NSF1/40 Gold. The bench top is from Caesarstone, the first quartz surface company to comply with ISO 14001, the international standard for environmental preservation regulations. The USG suspended ceiling system and ceiling tiles were chosen for their Low VOC emissions, and all lights are energy efficient Trofferpack Led D41. The partitions are also well certified.

The result is a fantastic new fit out that ticks all the design brief boxes. It stunningly expresses the Wright Communications brand, their personality, their pride in their kiwi roots, their professionalism and sustainability aspirations. From day one it energised the workplace experience for both their team and their clients. It’s not just another modern fit out, it's a space that truly reflects the spirit of the people who work there.

“Our clients’ success is paramount to what we do. We are always seeking the best possible design response to enable it. And the best possible sustainable solutions,” said Malcolm Ewart, Architect.

“Our clients’ success is paramount to what we do. We are always seeking the best possible design response to enable it. And the best possible sustainable solutions,” said Malcolm Ewart, Architect.