Known for its kitchen hardware fittings that combine innovation and long-term thinking, Blum has taken the same approach to the design of its new South Island showroom, office and distribution centre.
Working with Warren & Mahoney and other experts, Blum specified a facility that uses high-tech design and an array of sustainable systems to minimise its environmental impact.
The 3,150m² building has sustainability built into practically every aspect of its operations. For instance, there’s a ground-source heat pump that provides low-temperature hot water from on-site bores. This always-on energy source is complemented by photovoltaic cells on the roof to drive operations during the day. Forklifts are powered by electricity and there’s complimentary charging for visitors who arrive in Electric Vehicles.
A similarly sustainable approach is taken with water and ventilation. Rainwater is harvested and stored in tanks for non-potable water supplies and to irrigate the garden areas. Low water use fittings were specified to further reduce the environmental impact. A weather station on the roof controls all ventilation, with windows opening and closing automatically, so there’s no need for an air conditioning system.
Taken together, these features underline one of Blum’s core principles, which is that a commitment to efficiency shouldn’t lead to a dour or insipid design. The spacious reception area and showroom is filled with natural light to show off Blum’s range of beautifully designed storage solutions. Natural materials create a calming ambience, while expansive views from the double-height showroom create a sense of subtle wonder.
It’s a multifunctional space where Blum’s industry partners can bring clients to discover household storage solutions, develop and refine their own designs.
Situated at 16 Avenger Crescent in Wigram, the new Blum building provides a home for innovative kitchen and cabinetry solutions, with a design that’s as creative as the people it serves.
The team behind the project.
Architects: Warren & Mahoney
Structural Engineers: Quoin
Mechanical Engineers: Cosgroves
Construction: Haydn & Rollett