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Into the light: New studio for HMOA Auckland

June 10, 2021

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HMOA Auckland has just moved into a new studio, but they haven’t had to go far. In fact the new space is right next door at 285 Parnell Road.

With plenty of new apartment projects on the books, and residential renovations in the mix, there’s been an increasing need for more space to accommodate a growing Auckland team.

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Work in progress at the new HMOA studio

HMOA Associate, Matt Robinson has been heavily involved with the design of the fit-out for the new space, "We're excited to have moved into a space that is so open and light compared to where we were next door. It's also a lot quieter, there's no street noise, you can even hear the tui as you take in views of Auckland Museum".

auckland office painter at work webPainter at work. The design is all about drawing light through the space from these rear windows. 

Opening up to the light was at the heart of the fit-out; light is drawn through from the back of the building with new glass and steel doors at the front. The front entranceway and corridor are dark to further draw visitors through to the studio.

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Front steel and glass doors

There's a spacious new multi-purpose meeting/communal workspace that opens up into the main meeting room with sliding steel-frame doors.  The black meeting room walls are lined with the acoustic material, Autex Cube. There's even potential for outdoor parking right outside, a premium in Parnell.

The studio will be officially launched at an event in July when staff, colleagues and clients can toast the contrasting light and dark. Official pics coming soon!

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