While most of our fridges and freezers find their way into cafes, restaurants and commercial kitchens of various kinds, that’s not the only location you might come across the SKOPE brand.
As the Christchurch rebuild gathers momentum, local businesses like digital agency hairyLemon are moving back into the CBD, into brand new, custom built offices – and SKOPE has a presence there too.
hairyLemon owners Sue Wilkinson and Graham Dockrill invested significant time and funds into the fit-out of their new premises, after spending the last three years in less than ideal office space in Hornby.
“Moving back to the CBD was a huge priority for us in 2013,” says Wilkinson. “We had to leave our previous Victoria Street office space following the February 2011 earthquake and we were very focused on getting back into the city as soon as a suitable building became available.”
The new premises at 134 Victoria Street are in a Sheppard + Rout designed building nicknamed “the Ark” during construction, due to the innovative laminated timber frame, developed in conjunction with Professor Andy Buchanan from University of Canterbury’s school of engineering.
Buchanan and colleagues Associate Professor Stefano Pampanin and Dr Alessandro Palermo received UC’s Innovation Medal as a result of their pioneering work on a whole new system of earthquake-resistant buildings using post-tensioned structural timber, referred to as pres-lam (pre-stressed laminated timber).
One of the key considerations with bringing a team of 25 staff back into the city was the safety of the building they were moving back into, according to Wilkinson and Dockrill.
Thanks to the engineering and construction, 134 Victoria Street ticked those boxes, as well as providing the perfect blank canvas for the second major consideration – a dynamic and visually appealing office space that fitted the company’s profile as an innovative digital agency.
“Design and human factors are also very important for us and our staff, so for the new fit-out we chose to work with the same team who designed our previous Victoria Street offices.
“We enjoy working with KVA Design because we are able to give them a very loose brief and somehow they understand our personality and manage to manifest it into the space for us,” Wilkinson said.
The design theme was based around ‘bringing the outdoors in’ which inspired the use of green and yellow as the primary colours, areas of ‘grass’ carpeting, living plant walls and large imagery of autumn trees in the meeting rooms.
Other custom features include sound proof “pods” for quiet work and collaboration time, a full height blackboard wall in the kitchen/break out space, high tech Evoko units and Epsom smart boards for meeting rooms, and passive lighting.
Looking after the needs of staff and clients in the new space also meant providing kitchen and refreshment facilities and that’s where the company chose to install their SKOPE bar fridge, a full height fridge for staff use and a third under counter fridge in the board room to hold wine and other beverages.
Custom graphics created by hairyLemon’s in house designers were added as frosting and to the illuminated sign panel of the large stand up fridge.