A mere three-minute walk away from New Zealand’s busiest transit station sits an iconic stone tower, 125 Queen St. The building hosts an extraordinary octagonal floorplate and with its historic character is home to many well-known brands.
Cachet Group were engaged to design and construct contemporary speculative suites for Levels 9 and 11. The north facing floorplate provided unique opportunities to create a thoughtful yet pragmatic design solution that complements the limited natural light of these areas.
In developing a unique design, Cachet looked to emulate the grandeur of dark high-tower spaces in the commercial world; the design ultimately rivalling the richness of a hospitality / hotel atmosphere.
Whilst workstations sit under a bright suspended ceiling promoting productivity, the remaining areas were purposefully contrasting; an industrial shell paired with natural elements creating a very distinctive finish. The black aluminium joinery, exposed ceilings and concrete flooring married with the timber screens, planting, and natural toned colours compellingly create a space that is rich, calm, and inviting.
To cleverly imitate a rich hospitality / hotel atmosphere, Cachet Group designed timber partitions that were spaced and angled to play with the lighting composition. The division between the spaces was intentional, with one side deliberately fitted with limited to no lighting features so that the darker areas are visible only through the light that peeks through. The soft furnishings with tan, green, navy, grey and black finishes, and joinery in timber, dark green and dark blue, were chosen to aid this play.
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