Chapman Tripp Wellington Workplace Wins at the 2023 Interior Awards

Studio Pacific is thrilled that Chapman Tripp's new workplace in Wellington was named a winner for the Workplace (over 1,000sqm) category at the 2023 Interior Awards.

Nine projects and one up-and-coming designer were honoured at this year's Interior Awards held at St Matthew-in-the-City in Auckland on Thursday 29 June. 

The Interior Awards is the only awards programme of its kind in New Zealand with the sole focus of celebrating New Zealand-designed projects that push the limits of interior and spatial design as well as the talented designers and teams that conceptualise and develop these ideas. The awards recognise excellence in interior architecture and interior design across a wide range of categories, including retail, hospitality, healthcare and wellness, civic, workplace (over 1,000sqm and up to 1,000sqm), residential, and a new multi-housing category.

Convenor and Architecture NZ interior editor Amanda Harkness was joined on the jury by Jon Rennie of Athfield Architects, Tessa Pawson of Peddlethorp, Scott Compton of Warren and Mahoney Architects, and Amber Ruckes of The University of Auckland.  

“The Awards programme provides such a great opportunity to see the work in the unique light in which it was conceived," says Harkness. "As jurors, we’re in no doubt that every single project was a monumental undertaking and that our evaluation goes beyond the delivery of excellence – these are projects that propel their categories and clients forward into a new era of New Zealand design,” adds Compton. 

Chapman Tripp's new office fitout in Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington was named the winner of the Workplace (over 1,000sqm) Category. Located in the base-isolated, 20 Customhouse Quay building on Wellington’s waterfront, over two floors, the new workplace offers a high-quality, contemporary work environment that accommodates close to 130 people, and provides a range of reception, meeting, and amenity spaces.

The jury's citation for Chapman Tripp reads:

"One of Aotearoa’s oldest legal practices showcases its roots in this Wellington workplace, offering its employees a warm and welcoming space to celebrate its 150-year existence. Conveying an elegant story of tradition and legacy, the materials and spaces evoke calm and comfort. There is a clear narrative displayed in the transition towards the harbour and its surrounding hills – connecting it to its place. An open stair lined with books provides a striking spatial intervention and central link between the two floors while adaptable workspaces have been placed at the perimeter to enjoy the views. The designers have created a future-focused, non-hierarchical workplace to an exceptionally high standard and this does much to support well-being and informal collegiality within the business.

Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou, congratulations to all the 2023 Interior Award winners and to Chapman Tripp, our collaborators, and our project team.

Explore the full list of 2023 Interior Awards winners on ArchitectureNow.

Find out more about the design of Chapman Tripp Wellington