Architect: Athfield Architects
Installer: Athfield Architects
Categories: Community, Offices
Bringing wild design ideas to life
Athfield Architects create spaces that centre around the relationships between people and the built environment; capturing the spirit and meaning of a place through creative use of material and construction techniques. This inspired, intentional approach to architecture translates into connection between humans and structure, offering the occupants of a space a deeper narrative, a collective why.
For the Greater Wellington Regional Council, their why is imperative to their success. Making decisions that directly impact the local community, they needed a space that could unite staff and council members around a common goal. After being split across multiple semi-permanent workspaces due to earthquake disruptions, the Council chose to make the old Cuba Street Farmer’s building their new home.
Custom Etch™ Vertiface® in Octane, overlaid on 50 mm Quietspace® Panel, mirrors the reception mural with a debossed coastline and isobar pattern lining the back wall of the council chambers. With an NRC (Noise Reduction Coefficient) rating of 1.00, 50 mm Quietspace Panel is engineered to absorb, on average, 100% of the sound energy it meets—ideal for managing a comfortable ambient noise level in this important meeting space.
Frontier™ Acoustic Raft in Blade and Beam 100 were specified over all floors in corridors and common areas, with Composition®, Symphony®, and 12 mm Cube applied in meeting rooms and break out spaces, creating a productive environment for both group and independent work.
The completed space contributes to the local community both through council work and foot traffic, with 400 staff commuting to and from Cuba Street—and popping out for coffee and lunch breaks—bringing a boost to the businesses that suffered a loss when Farmers relocated. Cuba Street has always represented the eclectic, bohemian soul of Wellington, so it’s only fitting that the heart of the Greater Wellington Regional Council has planted roots there.