Catalyst was engaged by the Hodge Group to design a flexible coworking space for their company, Flexlease. The project involved transforming an existing office suite situated in the heart of Wellington’s CBD on the golden mile, adjacent to the iconic Stewart Dawson corner and the new Willis Lane food court. The goal was to create a modern, adaptable space that catered to both short and long-term tenants.
The existing space consisted of a series of small offices, which were demolished to accommodate the new requirements. By creating an open work environment, Catalyst maximised natural light and views. The design incorporated a tech-enabled boardroom with full-height sliding doors conveniently located next to the kitchen. A collaboration area was situated nearby, and a quiet room was added to provide ease of access for phone calls and focused activities.
Level 2, 354 Lambton Quay, Wellington
Catalyst designs a coworking space design for Flexlease
The existing space consisted of a series of small offices, which were demolished to accommodate the new requirements. By creating an open work environment, Catalyst maximised natural light and views. The design incorporated a tech-enabled boardroom with full-height sliding doors conveniently located next to the kitchen. A collaboration area was situated nearby, and a quiet room was added to provide ease of access for phone calls and focused activities
Overcoming Building Constraints
The project faced several constraints, including the need to retain and upgrade the common area smoke lobby and outdated services including an underperforming mechanical system. Catalyst addressed these challenges by leading the co-ordination of an all services upgrade including new mechanical and hydraulic systems to ensure a comfortable work environment for end users.
The project also involved upgrading the bathrooms and adding a shower to provide flexibility for users who prefer biking or visiting the gym. The bathroom finishes and fixings were modern and bright, featuring textured tiles, black fixtures and fittings, and a new lighting scheme.
Industrial Aesthetic and Exposed Services
To create a distinct visual appeal the design had an industrial aesthetic. The focus was on the ceiling and exposed services design, which became a standout feature. The grid and tile ceilings were completely removed to expose the painted concrete slab, and services and lighting were integrated within a cable tray system for a tidy, polished look. This approach enhanced the industrial aesthetic and contributed to the sense of height in the space.
Minimal Color Palette and Texture Emphasis
The chosen color palette was minimal, allowing the textures to take center stage. The design emphasised a modern, sleek, and adaptable space, making it ideal for clients committing to a flexible lease ranging from four to twelve months.
Overall, Catalyst successfully transformed the former small office space into a flexible coworking environment that met the requirements of Hodge Groups' Flexlease business. The design maximised natural light, created adaptable work areas, upgraded facilities, and achieved a visually appealing industrial aesthetic. The result is a modern and versatile coworking space, providing a comfortable and productive environment for tenants.
Flexlease says, “Catalyst's exceptional work in transforming our small office space into a modern and versatile coworking environment has exceeded our expectations. Their attention to detail, from maximising natural light and creating adaptable work areas to upgrading facilities and achieving a visually appealing industrial aesthetic, has resulted in a comfortable and productive space for our Flexlease tenants”.
- Project lead Anya Kouzminova
- Project team