It was easy to confuse which departments you were in – each block, each floor, each corridor looking the same: dark and dreary, all grey carpet, cream paint, and wall to wall noticeboards. And not much seemed to have changed in the intervening decade or so. Until the School of Psychology exploded in to technicolour glory: light, bright, colorful, welcoming, and cheerful. Thanks to the talents of architects Geoff Lentz, the School of Psychology now has its own unique identity, befitting a department in the ‘creative’ faculty.
Custom designed furniture and fittings in bold fresh shades of purple, orange, and lime green counterpoint the crisp white counter tops and walls. They create a fun(ky) and invigorating workplace for staff, and a dynamic centre for students of the school. Lentz’ fondness for colour and illumination, and experimenting with materials has transformed mundane practical objects, like mail slots and counters, in to works of art and sculpture.
NZIA Awards 2012
In the spirit of Kant’s observation that “out of the crooked timber of humanity no straight thing was ever made” the architects have transformed the rigid and rectilinear layout of the School of Psychology’s offices into a freer-formed, light and airy environment. Custom-designed fittings make a sculptural contribution to the fit-out, and a wall of exposed concrete is juxtaposed with new and highly finished materials to lively and resonant effect.