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These days it should be a matter of good practice to design buildings that are as environmentally sustainable and energy efficient as possible, because as we all know, New Zealand has certainly had its fare share of shoddy buildings. The New Zealand Green Building Council’s (NZGBC) Green Star rating system goes some way to promoting sustainable building practices, and although it was first introduced into New Zealand in 2007, “firsts” in the rating system are still popping up. BNZ’s Harbour Quays office in Wellington is the latest to fall into this category, with the building’s fit-out receiving the country’s first 6 Green Star Office Interiors 2009 rating.

Design

It was less than two years ago that BNZ released its cute, fluffy, cloud-like logo into the wild. Some thought it was fresh, different and looked like toothpaste. Others thought it was too fresh, too different and too toothpastey and, therefore, lacked history and gravitas. And it seems the BNZ brand boffins agreed with the latter, because it’s gone back to its astronomical roots and changed its logo again, adding the classic Southern Cross back in, reducing the fluffiness and chopping that cheeky vestigial tail off the B. Ben Fahy of StopPress fame finds out what’s behind the redesign.