Keeping with the Organic Theme to build an award winning office and warehouse.

As one of NZ’s best known organic food suppliers, Ceres prides itself on environmental awareness. So when it came to designing their new warehouse and offices, it’s not surprising that they created one of NZ’s greenest industrial buildings.

Every element of the build was considered for it’s sustainability, from the block wall out front to the computer-controlled ventilation system. And we’re proud to say, they specified VMZinc cladding not only for the outside of their offices, but also as the interior cladding in their two-storey atrium.

Metal Design Solutions recommended a random angle-seam which broke up the large flat outer surface, and then carried this theme over into the atrium.

The result is like walking into a hotel lobby, with the weathered zinc blending with natural wood panels and complementing the living wall which rises from the floor to the open plan offices on the mezzanine.

Working for constructors Watts & Hughes, and from architects sketches, Metal Design solutions rendered the final design and prefabricated each custom panel in their factory in Takanini before assembling ‘the jigsaw’ on site. Because Metal Design Solutions handled the job from start to finish, there were no surprises, and the cladding was completed ahead of time and under budget.

As a result of the project managers’ vision and planning, Ceres Centre was recognized at the Property Council Awards as the best industrial building in 2014. We’re proud to be a part of their success.

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