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Preserving the stunning harbour and city views was a priority in this office fitout. A flexible design approach, technology and experience allowed New Zealand Window Shades to come up with a solution

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To ensure all staff at the new Westpac's new corporate office could enjoy sweeping city and harbour views, the fitout was designed to make the most of the large windows on each level. Blinds that controlled glare without obstructing these views was a key requirement.

The blinds also needed to reflect the new office's crisp, professional image and restrained colour palette, according to interior designers from Jasmax.

New Zealand Window Shades supplied and installed a selection of customised roller blinds in Sunscreen and Blockout fabrics.

Lois Hayson, commercial manager of New Zealand Window Shades, says the fabric was cut using the latest in ultrasonic technology.

"Exclusive in New Zealand to our company, this technology allows us to achieve a high-quality finish for long-lasting good looks."


In certain areas such as the meeting rooms, two sets of blinds were used. Sunscreen fabric effectively controls light, glare and heat gain while permitting views out. A second set of blinds in Blockout fabric also features a heat-reflective backing.

When not in use, the blinds recess into the ceiling to maintain the rooms' streamlined look. Operated by a chain, all the blinds are designed to be easy to use and maintain.

The roller blinds also come with the option of being motorised, says Hayson. Using a convenient remote control, the blinds can be operated individually or as group. For convenience, a sun sensor or timer control can be installed.

New Zealand Window Shades commercial divisions are in Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland. Contact the company's commercial division, PO Box 12-785, Penrose, Auckland, phone (09) 574 2200, fax (09) 573 6198. Email: .

First published date: 03 September 2003

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