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Three bold receptions have themes that were tweaked to fit the business they front

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A Pacific-inspired theme with a little bit of Arizona and a dash of the sixties and seventies was part of the brief for the reception of this Auckland printing business. The owner was keen on the Pacific look, but wanted to make it less predictable and not quite so over-the-top, says Darren Jessop of Jessop Architects.

The commission also required Jessop to design one reception area that would service three businesses.

One part of the solution was a processional hallway lined with sliding doors, designed to lead clients to the reception desk. When either of the businesses need to open the space up for functions or meetings, the doors can be rolled back.

The reception desk was designed to be a piece of furniture in its own right. The curved lines were based on a 1960s television set. In the middle, a woven flax fabric was laid, a solution that was both effective and cost-effective says Jessop.

A compressed concrete column bisects the reception desk, featuring a negative detail between each sheet and stainless steel flat-head screws. The column creates two separate areas, one to the right for greeting visitors, while the other end works as a bar or coffee making facility for functions or staff breaks.

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"The left-hand side of the reception desk was designed to be more informal with chairs and couches beside it, reflecting the idea that business people often prefer a more relaxed setting to meet their clients. This saves them from walking down to a cafe," says Jessop.

First published date: 23 March 2004

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Location Norcross, (Auckland)
Architect Darren Jessop, Jessop Architects
Window/door joinery Nu Look
Joinery Aluminium
Hardware Knobs and Knockers
Window treatment Write On Signs
Tiling Stone and Design
Flooring Hills Flooring
Paints Resene
Lighting ECC Lighting
Heating/air conditioning Asset Services
Reception furniture Sage
Office chairs Montage