IBM office in Auckland workplace reception design with yellow wall, front desk and image of a man and the quote "Watson, we finally meet"

IBM - Auckland

To truly get the best from the Agile methodology a workplace should support the philosophy – and this was the brief IBM Auckland brought to Studio Design + Architecture. The technology giant wanted an Agile workspace that empowered them in their chosen working style. They wanted virtually no built in storage and a paperless environment.

IBM office in Auckland workplace closeup of feature wall design which is dark blue with the word THINK on it
IBM office in Auckland workplace feature art wall design with silhouettes of people in various positions to spell THINK
IBM office in Auckland workplace ceiling art design with large red spirals suspended from ceiling over desk
IBM office in Auckland workplace reception design with yellow wall, front desk, company signage and model car decor

An Agile workspace that empowered

This was a new concept for Australasia and came with both tight time frames and international approvals to get through. Designing in 3D to assist with the short deadlines, Studio Design + Architecture came up with a striking concept.

The open office has a mixture of fully height-adjustable desks with high tables for Stand Ups as well as staff that drop in. Numerous collaboration zones are speckled throughout the space, with all meeting or co-working environments served by large screens. Quiet focus work spaces are set up in strategic locations along with discussion rooms with screens for virtual meetings.

A Town Centre provides all day space for meetings, lunch, coffee and work with its varied seating and well-kitted-out kitchen – and staff use lockers operated by their phones for personal storage. There are phone charging pads throughout the workspace so that cables are not required.

Top-level acoustic design and insulation was a critical part of the success of this design, and staff have embraced what is a truly Agile fitout.

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