For FCB, New Zealand's most effective advertising agency*, it was important to reflect their strong brand identity throughout their office space. This was so that both staff and clients could understand and feel a part of the culture of the agency. 

The Project

It’s no surprise that FCB turned to Interior Designers Ctrl Space for an office fit-out that echos the success and passion of their staff and culture. Nominated for the Design Institute of New Zealand’s 2015 'Best Awards' in the Spatial Design, Office and Workplace Environment category, the FCB Wellington Office is an outstanding example of how design can tell a brand story.

Armed with a modest budget and a list of brand guidelines, project lead Sam Scrymgeour set to work on the open plan office. Consisting of long narrow passage ways, high ceilings, and hard surfaces – including Brick Walls, desks, and windows – Sam Scrymgeour claims the space was an acoustic nightmare.

Familiar with the range of interior acoustic solutions from Autex, Scrymgeour knew the design aesthetics of the Autex range would provide a solution to the reverberation echoes whilst complementing the vision for the space.


The Solution

To find an acoustic solution for the long narrow hallway, Ctrl Space specified five Lattice Trapeziums, hung end on end. Lattice provided exceptional sound absorbing qualities, partnered with modern design elements. Using five different colours from Autex’s range, Ctrl Space alternated the fins to create a smooth gradient transitioning from green 'Bosco' to red 'Ironbank'.

Another custom feature were detailed screens that extended from the existing structural pillars over the workstation areas, providing a shield effect to create a focussed space without the interference of surrounding echo and reverberation. These screens were cut from Autex Cube™ and required a detailed level of research to develop a system that interlocks together without the need for adhesives or fasteners, continuing Autex’s dedication to sustainable design.


Working with Autex

Autex are dedicated to research and development of their 100% polyester Interior Acoustic products. Autex are proud to work with their customers to create designs that are complementary and functional. Contact Autex to arrange a free consultation and reverberation calculation for your work environment.

*FCB has been recognised with Best in Show accolades over the last 5 years – in effectiveness, creativity, media, social media, direct, digital and PR award shows in New Zealand and internationally; winning FCB “Agency of the Year” in 2008 and 2010; “Media Agency of the Year” in 2007, 2009 and 2011; “Most Effective Agency” in 2011 and 2014; and “Campaign Brief Creative Agency of the Year” in 2014.