John Mills Architects

Wellington Fireplace

Winner: NZIA Resene Local Architecture Award 2012 (Interior Architecture)

Working closely with a client focused on building a facility that promotes the sale of fireplaces by creating a series of customised ‘sets’, we created a series of niches, alcoves and themed rooms. A considered use of materials, colours and contemporary museum display strategies has resulted in a relaxed but highly effective retail space with a strong sense of narrative. The arrangement of spaces, with an ‘outdoor’ area with hard surfaces and extensive glazing followed by a carpeted ‘living room’ which opens to a series of display alcoves, creates a modulated sense of space that encourages the customer to linger and browse.


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