B:Hive Smales Farm

B:Hive is the first step in the transformation of a twentieth-century office park on Auckland's North Shore to a co-working hub. This is a new, progressive model of workplace that recognises that people’s different workstyles affect how and where they work best.


Project Details

Client Smales Farm
Sector Commercial
Location Auckland
Discipline Architecture, Interior Design
Status Completed 2018
Size 11,000 sqm
Design Collaborators BVN
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If there was ever a good reason to take the stairs, surely this is it

The innovative and sustainable design reflects the client’s goal for the building – to create a broader co-working hub, a far cry from a cold business park, which fosters place-making and connection.

The 11,000m2 of space, over five levels, is connected by a lofty atrium with a bold sculptural stair, which is surrounded by lush greenery at its base. Floors have been designed for complete flexibility with re-locatable walls located around the perimeter. 


The health of occupants is a primary consideration. B:Hive prioritises not only physical but holistic wellness, with the atrium playing a central role. The connecting stair is located close to the entry, encouraging people to walk through the building and providing opportunities to engage, meet, observe and participate whilst also introducing a sense of delight.



2019 INSIDE World Festival of Interiors Offices category winner
2019 NZIA National Award for Best Interior Architecture
2019 Property Council NZ Industry Awards - Commercial Office Property Award of Excellence
2019 NZIA Auckland - Interior Architecture Award
2019 Interior Awards - Supreme Award
2019 Interior Awards - Workplace (over 1,000m2)
2019 Australian Institute of Architects - International Chapter Architecture Award
2019 Best Awards - Silver - Offices & Workplace Environments