Backlash against extreme office design
Finding the right balance between an open plan layout and individual work stations can be a challenge in workplace design. Does everyone need a desk or is a café setting right for creative innovation and collaboration? These seem like sensible considerations to make when designing a successful workspace – and then there are extreme workplace designs. How about working on a treadmill, playing a game of ping pong, or drinking free beer to increase productivity? A 2017 study by a firm of New York architects Ted Moudis, confirms a backlash against extreme office design. Read the ‘Real Deal’ article here and click here for the Ted Moudis report.
Silver for STACK at Best Design Awards
We are delighted for our talented team who were awarded Silver at the 2017 Design Institute of New Zealand’s “Best Awards” on Friday night, for our BDO Auckland office project. Fantastic work by everyone, but especially Felicity Wong, Jesse James Smith, David Plaistowe, Joseph Walden and Sally Vandal. Check out the work we did for BDO here and the Best Awards site here.
Working with Gen X, Y and Z?
How do you accommodate a multi-generational workforce in your workplace? Each generation has different expectations of their office surrounds and although they have different working styles, each generation makes a valuable contribution to the progress and success of your business. How do you get the best out of everyone? By designing a unique workspace tailored to meet the needs of your entire team, whatever generation they are – we call it Reality Based Working. Read what Forbes magazine has to say on multi-generational workplaces.
Does your organisation suffer from workplace dissatisfaction?
Poorly designed workplaces can impact on the success of your team and your business. Noise levels and the space between team members are two factors responsible for reduced productivity highlighted in the recent Leesman global report. At STACK we know one size does not fit all and to be successful, workspaces need to be designed to meet a variety of needs and purposes to benefit your whole team and your bottom line. Read our article on Reality Based Working and click here for the Leesman report.
Article: Why workplaces are our new communities
Just a few short years ago, the “death of the office” was decreed. Remote working was hot. Yet new thinking confirms the innovation that comes from creating workplaces which bring people together to interact far outweighs productivity gains achieved remotely. How can collaboration foster unbridled creativity in your organisation? Read more.
Article: Reality Based Working
Taking all the best lessons from past workstyles - combined with a deep understanding of a client’s strategy, business needs, the culture, and the diversity within the organisation - we are able to present unique solutions that deliver exactly what your business needs not just to survive disruption, but to thrive. One size does not fit all and the solution is Reality Based Working – the future of successful and brilliant workplace design. Read our full article here.
We are sailing...
STACK is proud once again to be sponsors of the Murrays Bay Sailing Club Winter Championship. This is the seventh year we have supported this fantastic event in which some of New Zealand’s finest young sailing talent compete. The Winter Champs includes coaching and training followed by three days of racing in early October. Check out the event page here. STACK Winter Champs
Online Republic move to Wynyard Quarter
Online Republic have relocated to their STACK designed workspace in Madden Street, part of the Innovation Precinct in Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter. Online Republic are settling into their fantastic new offices on the top floor – high ceilings, huge opening windows and stunning harbour views compliment the creative design by our talented STACK team. Check out the moving in pics here that we shot when we had a quick walk through the other day. Professional images to follow, along with a case study.
Details Matter at STACK – we make sure workplace design is not only functional and practical, but beautiful, and this means taking care of the details. The idiom “the devil is in the detail” refers to a mysterious hidden element in the details – a task may appear simple at first, but will take more time to complete than expected. This derives from the earlier phrase “God is in the detail”, expressing the idea that whatever one does, it should be done thoroughly. Details matter – attention paid to small things has big rewards.
Photography: Rebecca Swan.
Are your workspaces designed to suit your whole team?
One size does not fit all and this also applies to the workspaces you provide for your employees. STACK make the effort to find out the needs of your team before designing a workspace, to make sure everyone is able to perform at their best, whether they are an introvert or an extrovert, always at their desk or mobile. Open plan offices provide opportunity for collaboration and innovation whereas private quiet spaces for productive distraction free working, are just as important. Read a Tech Republic article here
#TBT OfficeMax 2006
This fitout completed in 2006 is still looking good and working well today for OfficeMax. Spaces designed for flexible working with a large shared café and open atrium, are still fresh, light and airy. Clever timeless design by STACK. Click here to see more images.
The costs and benefits of flexible working
Thinking about 'work from home' or 'remote working' options for your team? Telecommuting saves employer’s money, increases productivity, improves employee satisfaction and expands the talent pool - but is it right for your organisation? http://globalworkplaceanalytics.com/resources/costs-benefits
AA Insurance sneak peek
Exciting new project for AA Insurance in the Sale Street area. Preparing for floors to be opened up to make way for a fabulous new connecting stair. Click here to see more pictures.
Online Republic are moving to a new building in Madden Street, part of the Innovation Precinct of Auckland's Wynyard Quarter. Their cool new space is on the top floor, with huge opening windows, great harbour views and fabulous high ceilings. An exciting new fitout is underway!
STACK in-house artwork competition
Check out the winner of our own in-house artwork competition, ‘Be Out there’, an imaginative and beautiful design. Each STACK team was challenged to create a piece of unique artwork that represents one of our four values of ‘Be together’, ‘Be Out there’, ‘Be On to it’ and ‘Be good’. Rebecca Swan our photographer, had the tough task of choosing the successful entry from our talented STACK team’s creations. Click here to see the other artworks and our team in action.
The magic of 'switch glass'
Meeting room privacy at the flick of a switch at Caldwell Partners, Vero Building, 48 Shortland Street, Auckland.
STACK's project with BDO announced as a finalist in the Best Design Awards 2017
We are excited our project for BDO's new office space has been selected as one of the finalists in the The Designers Institute of New Zealand Best Design Awards 2017.
Designing the modern law firm
Legal work and legal culture are changing the way the modern law firm is designed. A new approach to space and the expectations of clients and staff are only a few of the factors behind the shift. STACK's recent article in LawFuel New Zealand explains what's behind the change.
Law firm goes open plan
Modern law firms are now considering different ways of working, which in turn are influencing their workplace design. Anderson Lloyd is one of these firms who engaged STACK to create a contemporary and collaborative space for staff and clients to enjoy. Find out the result of STACK's work here.
Iconic Auckland building gets an interior revamp
The Kiwi Bacon Building is a well-known landmark of Kingsland, Auckland. STACK had the privilege of revamping the space, which is now a modern and tasteful design to be enjoyed by future tenants. To find out more about this project read our case study here.
Office Snapshots publishes STACK's BDO Auckland project
BDO Auckland wanted their new office space to match their status as a high end and professional accountancy, tax and advisory firm. They turned to the STACK team to deliver an environment needed to support their culture of collaboration and communication with a ‘one team’ feel. Office Snapshots recently profiled the successful result. Click here to read more.
Reflecting a natural, organic ethos through beautiful design
Street Organics café in Takapuna, Auckland specialises in organic, real food. This ethos is reflected in the café’s natural and edgy feel. See how we delivered this project, and the well-planned space that allows for many exciting future opportunities. Read more.
Go online to be inspired
Our brand-new website showcases how we can help you achieve workplace design brilliance. From an overview of our services to downloadable PDF case studies for easy sharing with your colleagues and your team, we hope our new website provides inspiration for your next project.
If there's something you'd like to see on our website, or questions you'd like answered please contact us. We'd be delighted to assist.
Why ‘collaboration’ is more than a buzzword
Effective collaboration – working together to reach a goal – is essential to a well-functioning workplace. Discover what collaboration looks like in the modern workplace, and to STACK and our clients, with the article we wrote for Office Snapshots. Read more
BDO case study
A tight pre-Christmas deadline, a top-end finish with natural garden elements for a global brand, and an open, light feel that still maintained client privacy were the hallmarks of our fitout for BDO. Explore BDO’s new office in this case study.
Corenet Symposium 2017 - Humanity and the Machine
The STACK team are looking forward to attending the Corenet symposium 2017 at Auckland's Shed 10 on Thursday May 18th. Our team member David Maurice will be moderating the afternoon sessions on NZ Tech innovation. We look forward to catching up with contacts old and new on the day. Click here for more details
Office Snapshots - On Collaboration : An interview with Jesse James Smith and Lara Stancich
Office Snapshots recently interviewed two of our Designers on the concept of collaboration in the modern workplace. Click here to read their views
BusinessNorth Magazine featured our recent project for 68 Sale Street in the October edition
Click here to read the full article, which also includes our retail fitout for Giusto Cafe and Bar.
Working with BDO New Zealand
We are pleased to announce that we will be working with BDO New Zealand, as we design their new Auckland Office. BDO are moving into new premises located at 4 Graham Street. Our second project within this building.
Finalist at the BEST Awards for the Maersk Line Fitout
We are extremely pleased to be made a finalist at the BEST Awards for the Maersk Line Fitout. For further information regarding this project click here.
Stack projects are now featuring on the workplace design platform
Stack are delighted to announce our projects are now featuring on the workplace design platform Kontor. Recent projects including Roche, Wherescape, Springer Healthcare and Toyota Finance can now be found on the Stack profile. Kontor is quickly becoming one of the leading networks for workplace design. We look forward to adding even more of our exciting projects in the future.
Fitout for Maersk Line
Stack recently completed a brand new fitout for the Maersk Britomart office in downtown Auckland.
Stack partners with Mediaworks to create a newsroom transformation
Interior Magazine have featured Stack's recent project for MediaWorks, this project has revolved around the launch of their brand new NewsHub. Full information on this project can be found in their latest March-May issue. Read the article by clicking here.
Stack Winter Champs
October saw the fifth year that Stack has sponsored the annual Winter Champs, a sailing event held at Murrays Bay.
Some of New Zealand finest sailing talent gathers for coaching and training and three days of racing. Current and future international champions join this event which we love to support.
We are excited to be working with Maersk for a third time as they undertake a relocation from the CPO building. Watch for more news.
David Maurice has joined Stack
We are delighted to announce that David Maurice has joined us as Business Development Associate in our growing New Zealand team.
David has joined Stack from AECOM NZ Ltd, where he was sales & marketing manager for New Zealand. Before that, he spent 14 years with global workplace designers M Moser Associates in a series of leadership roles in business development & marketing communications in the UK, Asia-Pacific & New Zealand.
David will be focusing on building on our successful track record throughout New Zealand with an increased focus on achieving innovative solutions for our clients. We are excited to have David with us.
New building for The Warehouse
Click here for images of the new building.
Sale Street Project
We are working on a major refurbishment of two adjoining buildings in Sale Street. Work started on demolitions last week. Progress images to follow.
The Warehouse new building extension
The Warehouse have just completed a new building extension to their Northcote head office. Images of the new interiors coming soon.
Cash Converters new office
Cash Converters have moved into an open & collaborative new office in 203 Queen Street.
STACK WINTER CHAMPS 2014
The STACK Winter Champs are ON! Tuesday 20th September coaching starts. The regatta kicks off on Thursday 2nd October & runs until Sunday 5th. Stack is proud to be the principal sponsor of this great sailing event.
New offices for ICBC
New offices for ICBC in PWC Tower & new retail branch in Queen St.
Global Dairy Trade relocation
Global Dairy Trade recently relocated to CITYGROUP building.
Elegant new offices for the team at Crawfords.
STACK Winter Champs 2014
This exciting youth sailing event takes place early October. Watch for more details.
Jade World new office space
Jade have moved into their new space. Watch for photos coming soon.
Cash Converters have moved into crisp new offices. Photos coming soon.
The Warehouse Northcote headquarters renovation
After an extensive renovation of their Northcote headquarters, STACK is working with The Warehouse on a new 400 person building
Cash Converters fitout nearing completion
We are excited as a new fitout for Cash Converters is nearing completion in 205 Queen Street.