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Maersk Line Offices – Auckland

Maersk Line Offices – Auckland
July 21, 2016 SAGTCO

Stack Interiors has developed the new offices of global shipping company Maersk Line located in Auckland, New Zealand.

Maersk Line is the world’s largest container shipping company and had spent 10 years based in Auckland’s Britomart GPO Building. Maersk was moving to a new location at 151 Victoria Street with an aim to create an Oceania Head office for its 112 people and approached Stack to deliver a flexible, contemporary workplace that encouraged and supported collaboration. It also needed to reflect their proud history to both staff and visitors alike. For Stack this was the third time in a row that Maersk had approached them for their office requirements and the challenge was to provide a new design that offered larger areas dedicated to flexible, multi-purpose breakout space as well as providing greater opportunities for meaningful collaboration. Throughout the 1350 sqm floorplate the Stack design team strategically placed a number of lounge spaces to accommodate multiple needs: singular focused work, hot desking and informal team meetings for up to 20 people. In addition these were supplemented by a collection of smaller settings which open to one another to allow cross-team work. Extra flexibility was offered by a multi-purpose room adjoining the café which acts as both a lunch area and an enclosed meeting space. It also allows for large ‘town hall’ meetings when used in conjunction with the café.

Overall this new office was a creative play on Maersk’s worldwide operations with the shipping container subtly referenced throughout the space. The initial design instinct had be to engage in a literal reconstruction. Yet the grunge of a container, plus its claustrophobic, restrictive dimensions, was at odds with both the professional result requested and the context of the new building. Instead the dimensionality of a container was used as a planning grid for all meeting rooms and spaces. The choice of fabrics, textures and graphics created a sense of locality and appropriateness to its Oceanic environment, while the reception counter references a vessel that is a very familiar sight in the nearby Auckland harbour.

Design: Stack Interiors
Photography: Rebecca Swan

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