Herriot Melhuish O’Neill Architects - Wellington, Christchurch, Auckland

Ocean Design Group


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For this busy design studio, a simple palette of materials and carefully designed features allowed us to achieve the desire for the laidback aesthetic of an archetypal Kiwi bach (holiday house). Painted panels, natural timber-clad walls, battened ceilings, plywood joinery, rubber flooring and earthy brown carpet created a casually stylish working environment. The studio had recently relocated to a new building with less overall space than previously. Careful planning and innovative design accommodated for this, providing open-plan areas, a welcoming ‘entry nook’ and seating, staff kitchen and boardroom/meeting space, as well as storage and administrative areas.

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