"the design enables ASB people to work with each other in new ways to deliver truly unbeatable service to our customers and communities"
Barbara Chapman, CEO, ASB Bank Ltd

ASB North Wharf Workplace

BVN in association with Jasmax
Kiwi Income Property Trust in Assocation with ASB Bank
12 Jellicoe Street, Auckland, New Zealand
October 2009 - August 2013
Full architectural services (Base building and workplace fit-out)
  • 20,000m² Office NLA
  • Plaza spaces or ‘boathouses’ facilitate self-motivated shared working
  • Atrium connects all parts of the workplace; symbol and facilitator of collaboration and community
  • Themed neighbourhoods provide home base, with a choice of work settings to empower staff
  • Transparent meeting rooms with acoustic privacy
  • Location of toilets and lifts to facilitate ‘bump’ factor

A radical step forward in commercial office design, incorporating advanced environmentally sustainable features.

ASB North Wharf represents a leading sustainable commercial office development in Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter. It provides a headquarters for commercial bank, ASB, with a workplace that supports the organisation’s people.

The workplace fit out is seamlessly integrated with the base building, also designed by BVN, through Building Information Modelling (BIM). Designed on Activities Based Working (ABW) principles, there are 84 work-points for every 100 staff, with a series of themed ‘neighbourhoods’ and major shared spaces for a variety of self-motivated work types – called ‘boathouses’. The boathouses are inspired by local considerations and include: The City, The Deck, Rangitoto and The Containers. These spaces are located on level 3 and level 7, either side of the neighbourhood floors.

All 1642 staff members are assigned to 16 ‘neighbourhoods’. Each neighbourhood retains a unique identity through planning variations and colour scheme. Within the spaces are collaboration pods – rooms and furniture settings that repeat throughout the workplace, but take different positions and finishes in each neighbourhood.

The void shifts on each floorplate to reveal internal views, bring daylight deep within, and to express structure and services.

The overall workplace impression is of a dynamic and democratic environment with a strong sense of community.


Arup in association with Babbage
Services Engineer; Mechanical, Electrical, Hydraulic
Octa and Associates
Project Manager
In Association and Landscape
Buller George Turkington
Structural Engineers
Rider Levett Bucknall
Quantity Surveyor
Marshall Day
Holmes Fire and Safety
Fire Engineering
Vertical Transport
Civil Engineering
Fletcher Construction Company
Main Contractor
Kiwi Income Property Trust in Assocation with ASB Bank
IDEA High Commendation International category
WAF High Commendation Office Buildings
RAIA Interior Architecture Award in the International category
Supreme Award - Property Council New Zealand Rider Levett Bucknall Property Industry Awards
Property Council New Zealand - Hays Commercial Office Property Award
Property Council New Zealand - merit in Resene Green Building Property Award
New Zealand Commercial Project Awards - Gold Award
NZIA Architecture Medal
NZIA Architecture Award - Interior Architecture
NZIA Architecture Award - Commercial Architecture
NZIA Architecture Award - Sustainable Architecture
NZIA Auckland Architecture Award - Sustainable Architecture
New Zealand Architecture Medal
12 Jellicoe Street, Auckland, New Zealand