Copyright Natural Habitats 2016

B:Hive starting to buzz

B:Hive starting to buzz

With a focus on creating healthy work spaces, Smales Farm’s latest office development on Auckland’s North Shore has a strong focus on creating green spaces both inside and out, says Smales Farm marketing manager, Mark Kelly.

 “We believe healthy staff are happy staff, which is why we’ve designed the B:HIVE to focus on the wellbeing of its residents,” explains Mark. “A key part is having green spaces that essentially allow us to bring the outdoors inside, creating a fantastic environment in which to work”

Working alongside Jasmax as the main architects, who worked in a joint role with BVN Architects from Australia, and Leigh’s Construction, Natural Habitats’ designers Mark Read and Shane Wiles have designed gardens for the stunning vertical open-air atrium delivering natural light deep into all floors.

“Our design theme was rolling hills meeting the coast line,” says Mark Read. “At the peak of each hill we have a series of lush climbers on wires which reach right up into the roofs above.“

 Soaring up to five stories, the climbing plants will be helped to grow with innovative grow lights and an irrigation system subtly interwoven amongst the plants.

The next stage will be landscaping around the exterior of the building over the underground carpark’s podium roof. Due for completion in mid-2018, the roof will be transformed into a large restaurant and entertaining area for tenants and visitors.

“This will be a great time-out as well as meeting area with orchards, green houses, green blades and bountiful planter boxes,” says Mark Read.