Christchurch design studio, Context Architects, described themselves as "a demanding client" when they renovated their new space in a converted 1960s rubber factory. As well as looking great, the design also needed to foster creativity and collaboration.
Dealing with noise reflection
The open, airy space provided an opportunity for a contemporary, sleek design. The designers chose Hush Oval with its soft acoustic panels to balance out the noise reflection from the hard surfaces in the fit-out. Controlling the sound quality in this way allows the Context team to enjoy a calm, productive workplace.
Try before you buy with virtual reality
Part of the success of the space is attributed to the innovative use of virtual reality (VR design). Using VR walk-throughs the design team were able to get a feel for how the large, 2-meter long lighting fixture would look in the space.
"We chose a Hush Oval light for the conference table for its look and functionality. With a little digital magic we were able to test how it would feel to sit at the table - sharp, gently energised, before we hit the 'buy' button.
Interiors: Context Architects
Photography: Damon Photography