BDO Offices – Auckland

  • Client BDO,
  • size 19,375 sqft
  • Year 2017
  • Location Auckland, New Zealand,
  • Industry Consulting / Business Services,
  • STACK has designed the new offices of global accounting firm BDO located in Auckland, New Zealand.

    BDO’s new office is one of contrast. The space is open, punctured by two glass atriums, flooded by natural light and designed to maximise its stunning Auckland waterfront views – yet it also provides essential privacy for its clients. A café area acts as informal meeting space and provides an indoor garden feel, which is enhanced by the use of natural American oak elements throughout the space. Harder elements are constantly softened by curves, lighting and furnishings

    BDO wanted their new office space to match their status as a high end and professional accountancy, tax and advisory firm. They wanted a stylish and clean space that incorporated plenty of natural light and colourful, vibrant and warm elements. The green and fresh environment needed to support their culture of collaboration, communication and a ‘one team’ feel. Plus, the fitout needed to be completed fast with the lease expiring on their current premises in a few short months – ideally timed for the long New Zealand Christmas break.
    Located in the brand-new Graham Street building in downtown Auckland, BDO’s new office space has the sleek, stylish look they were after. This is helped by walls of glass, which flood the space with natural light and showcase spectacular views of Auckland’s waterfront, and a unique floorplan which sees multiple atriums punched through the perimeter and middle.

    A hospitality-like feel greets visitors at the reception and waiting area, with the feeling of light maintained by the curved glass-sided meeting rooms, a design touch which cleverly avoids the feeling of constrained corridors.

    Working areas accommodate large pockets of teams in a shared desk environment, with offices (which double as private meeting rooms to maintain client confidentiality) located both centrally and on the perimeter for that sense of privacy.

    Informal meetings take place in an open plan café area, which has an indoor garden feel to it. As the only informal meeting space, it’s large enough to accommodate all the teams in a variety of settings – from dining booths to centralised low-back seating.

    Design: STACK
    Photography: Rebecca Swan