A Serious Playpen
ASB BANK MULTI-USE CENTRE
Auckland, New Zealand
Client Dominion Funds Ltd.
Architect JASMAX, Auckland, New Zealand
Building Type Single-tenant office building
Photo by Kim Christensen
This New Zealand project was designed to foster greater communication among a bank's call-center and information-systems employees. An open layout spreads businesses over five zones on three floors. A landscaped central "park," cafe, minigolf green, TV rooms, and barbecue area draw people together. One hint that this workplace-as-playpen works: Interdepartmental e-mails dropped, a sign people may be talking more.