MinterEllisonRuddWatts Auckland Offices

Timeless interior design incorporating enduring material and meticulous detailing


Project Details

Client MinterEllisonRuddWatts
Sector Commercial
Location Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland
Discipline Interior Design
Status Completed 2020
Size 4,200 sqm

Redefining professional services

Reinforcing a perception of professionalism and providing a premium employee experience are critical to top tier legal firm MinterEllisonRuddWatts’ success. A firm with a proud history, a timeless interior design aesthetic incorporating enduring materials and detailing was integral to MERW’s Auckland offices.

The brief called for a flexible layout that seamlessly accommodates a variety of activities – from hosting industry events to facilitating confidential client meetings.

Uniting past and present

The firm’s move to the PWC tower instigated a transition away from a hierarchical allocation of individual office space to an open ‘office free’ environment for its 245 staff. With this reorganisation came a brief that emphasised collaboration, knowledge sharing, and operational efficiency.

The light filled, open plan working areas are connected by a large, central staircase also designed by Jasmax. This feature, which enables ease of movement between each of the four MERW tenancy levels, is a key activator for promoting collegial relationships and knowledge sharing. The interior design reinterprets the aesthetics of a traditional legal practice, including dark stained timber linings, natural stone flooring, polished brass detailing, and muted furnishings, all firmly contemporary in their resolution. 



2021 Interior Awards - Workplace (over 1000 sqm)
2021 NZ Commercial Project Awards - Resene Commercial Fit Out Project
2021 Best Awards - Offices & Workplace Environments (over 1000sqm) - Silver