Cheshire Architects 68 Quay Street Office

  • Pou Auaha / Creative Directors
    Nat Cheshire, Ascinda Stark
  • Ngā Kaimahi / Team Member
    Emily Doll
  • Kaitautoko / Contributor
    Black Interiors
  • Client
    Dylan Hutt
Judge's comments:

Incorporating connection to place through engagement with local iwi, with high environmental standards, the design blends the functionality of a dynamic office environment with the comfort and elegance of an apartment, offering a thoughtfully curated space that encourages both work and leisure in harmonious coexistence, all while embracing the surrounding cityscape and natural light.


Perched high above Quay Street, this new office space for our friends at Black Interiors hums with quiet energy. We set out to make this space feel as much like an apartment as it does an office; not just a place where work is done, but a place in which working lives are lived with elegance and relish.
Harder working areas-toilets, quiet rooms, kitchens and print bays-are all consolidated into a compact central ‘box’. Around this flow the lighter and more open office, meeting and social areas. With expansive views, these spaces bask in the drama of the weather and daylight moving across the city and Waitemata below.

Lighting is never uniform and harsh, but soft and composed. Furnishings are generous and assert comfort, quality, craft and permanence. Each space is constructed from a reduced palette of natural and raw materials, providing a calm backdrop to a busy workplace; a warm and inviting place in which to share a working day, and an evening's entertaining.