MinterEllisonRuddWatts Auckland Offices

Timeless interior design incorporating enduring material and meticulous detailing

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Project Details

Client MinterEllisonRuddWatts
Sector Commercial
Location Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland
Discipline Interior Design
Status Completed 2020
Size 4,200 sqm

Redefining professional services

Reinforcing a perception of professionalism and providing a premium employee experience are critical to top tier legal firm MinterEllisonRuddWatts’ success. A firm with a proud history, a timeless interior design aesthetic incorporating enduring materials and detailing was integral to MERW’s Auckland offices.

The brief called for a flexible layout that seamlessly accommodates a variety of activities – from hosting industry events to facilitating confidential client meetings.

Uniting past and present

The firm’s move to the PWC tower instigated a transition away from a hierarchical allocation of individual office space to an open ‘office free’ environment for its 245 staff. With this reorganisation came a brief that emphasised collaboration, knowledge sharing, and operational efficiency.

The light filled, open plan working areas are connected by a large, central staircase also designed by Jasmax. This feature, which enables ease of movement between each of the four MERW tenancy levels, is a key activator for promoting collegial relationships and knowledge sharing. The interior design reinterprets the aesthetics of a traditional legal practice, including dark stained timber linings, natural stone flooring, polished brass detailing, and muted furnishings, all firmly contemporary in their resolution. 

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Awards

2021 Interior Awards - Workplace (over 1000 sqm)
2021 NZ Commercial Project Awards - Resene Commercial Fit Out Project
2021 Best Awards - Offices & Workplace Environments (over 1000sqm) - Silver