Last month I completed photography of the new Trimble New Zealand building. It is an impressive structure and many of its design features are clearly born of the recent earthquakes. Incorporated into the design are three damage-avoidance technologies, developed jointly by the University of Canterbury and the Structural Timber Innovation Company.
- post-tensioned rocking Laminated Veneer Lumber frames (LVL)
- post-tensioned LVL rocking shear walls
- timber-concrete composite floors
What I found interesting was the artful way these technologies are incorporated into the visual design of the interior. Little glass windows give views of large steel bolts. Large laminated timber walls and supports are visible throughout the building.
Creative Spaces, who were responsible for the interior design, did a great job of blending in navigation features (Trimble is predominantly a navigation technology company), and local geography. Scattered throughout the interior are large GPS location numbers running from floor to ceiling on walls and timber support beams. The lined carpet design is a reference to navigation and it also features occasional squares and triangles. Various meeting rooms are named after local landmarks and feature window graphics of native flora and fauna, braided rivers and mountains.