Activity Based Working (ABW) is a school of thought that values freedom in organizations. Environments are designed for a “population” that shares amenities and spaces: hence, freedom of choice for work settings, multifunctional areas, and no set arrangements. Allowing for both intense social interaction and quiet working.
ABW principles are the building blocks of BVN Donovan Hill‘s design strategy behind the ASB North Wharf offices in Auckland, New Zealand. Based on the idea of transparency, the ASB North Wharf provides an easy to navigate design and a clear view of how customers, the public and the staff interact with the building. The atrium is designed with shipping and nautical references, five colours are used throughout the building that reference the nautical colours used in navigation signage. Air, light and water work in the built environment to incorporate and maximize the passive features of the building to deliver significant energy reductions and environmental benefits.