Maori Television had outgrown their current premises and approached RCG for location and design solutions.
The people and teams were divided throughout the building and disconnected across key areas. The organisation wanted to change the way staff worked with a shift to open-plan, but also bring teams together and create a space that worked for their needs now and into the future.
As well as bringing everyone together, we wanted to weave Maori Television into the building fabric, based on Te aho tapu – the sacred thread. We aimed to bring the Company’s DNA and mauri into the new premises as well as combine the latest technology into the built environment.
Our design brings everyone to the heart of the space and supports the connection between the key areas, through strong use of linear form and threads of colour. We created a large social kitchen space at the centre of the first floor: a place for staff and visitors to gather, celebrating inclusion and togetherness.
The thread of energy continues with the commissioned artworks, both new and existing. The team collaborated with artist and cultural consultant Carin Wilson who created new artwork, pattern languages, and advised on the relocation of existing art pieces.
The new tech wing was consolidated to one area of the building, unlike previously where it was spread throughout. The new partitions were covered in warm natural cedar timber and contrasted with dramatic dark ceilings. Custom carpet tiles and plants were placed throughout the workplace to soften the palette.
As a result...
Throughout the design we told a story, with language, colour and art. Woven throughout the design of the new whare is Te aho tapu and te reo. Te aho tapu - the sacred thread is the first in a series of weaving and is the backbone of the design. Te reo as a language is woven within the staff, the community and the viewers.
The artworks including sculptures and standalone pieces compliments the design. A proverb or Whakatauaki furnishes walls and tells stories of the old and new premises.
A successful blessing and opening of the new the new premises in August 2017 was well received and attended by local iwi, MPs, school children and other industry partners.