An unapologetically up-to-the-second entrance way provides an indication of what to expect within this smart office project. The publicly accessible open planned ground and first floors illustrate new ideas about dealing with reception and meeting points. The twelve working levels are connected via generous multilevel staircases and mezzanines – huge all-in-one spaces that enhance the feeling of being in a hub, rather than scattered through several buildings, which was the Ministry’s previous arrangement. Unnoticeable strengthening work has also been undertaken, and great Wellington views have been harnessed within the curving edges of the old building.
2016 NZIA Wellington Architecture Award