Night club turned characterful office

30.05.2022

New project recently completed for the Land Development Engineering office in Victoria Park utilising Vienna Woods Admonter Galleria reclaimed timber. Interior Designer Stacey Mitchell, gives us details on the renovation which involved refurbishing an old night club to create a characterful office space. 

The site is in the old Victoria Park Markets, the Victorian architecture lends the space great proportions, and the brick has lovely honey hues.

The surrounding area is steeped in New Zealand’s logging history, large Kauri would be cut down and floated down the harbour to Custom Street depot. The Markets themselves were built on reclaimed land. 

We wanted to use reclaimed timber for the meeting room walls to reference the site’s history and sit harmoniously with the exposed heritage brick. We paired the timber with steel framed partitions and doors for an Industrial edge. We kept it dark with ceiling and floor and paid a lot of attention to spotlighting the timber to let it take centre stage.  

After a long search, we used the Admonter reclaimed timber for its exquisite tonality and depth. The broad planks with their warm characterful grain, exposed knots and aged nail marks create a moodiness and contrast without looking distressed and rough. We found that only Admonter had both the sophistication and character in one. 

This timber has more history than the site itself – a testament to the longevity of this endearing material.  

Key mentions: 

Interior Designer – Stacey Mitchell www.scoutinteriors.co.nz

Office – Land Development Engineering (LDE)

Photography – Mark Scowen