An innovative workplace model centered around the concept of co-working has claimed top honours in the Offices category at the INSIDE World Festival of Interiors. INSIDE is the companion festival of the 2019 World Architecture Festival (WAF), which takes place each year in Amsterdam.

Situated at the Smales Farm campus on Auckland’s North Shore, the B:Hive project is designed by BVN in conjunction with Jasmax, and is the most sizable purpose-built co-working facility in the Southern Hemisphere, consisting of 11,000sqm of floor area in five storeys.

B:Hive offers flexible office space and leasing opportunities as well as retail and urban leisure accommodations designed to draw corporations of all sizes, ranging from large firms like ASB, to people renting solitary desks along with start-ups and smaller companies.

BVN principal James Grose stated that B:Hive’s organic expression is based in the concept of uniting co-workers as human beings and making a community within the building structure.

All work areas overlook an open atrium crowned by a skylight. By inverting the design of the versatile work spaces surrounding the irregular borders of the atrium, a visible community is established in the central shared spaces inside the building, inspiring both social interaction and professional networking between tenants.

A sculptural orange stair arises from landscaped planters situated on the ground level, visually and mentally linking the space and interconnecting it to the surrounding setting of the Smales Farm campus.

Counting wellness as a design motivation, B:Hive offers mixed mode ventilation arising from façade thermal chimneys that attract air through the atrium; guarantees sunlight penetration spanning deep into the building by way of an overhead atrium skylight; and promotes passive exercise via the connecting staircase—with all features enhancing occupant well-being and the enjoyment of their space.