An architecture firm visibly making a difference.


Herriot Melhuish O’Neill Architects is a New Zealand Institute of Architects award-winning practice, with studios in Wellington, Christchurch, Auckland and Tauranga.

With a breadth of experience in commercial developments, HMOA remains focused on designing high-quality homes and, as a member of the New Zealand Green Building Council, the importance of sustainable design.

HMOA’s Wellington office is set on a single floor of an early 1900s warehouse, a New Zealand character building. The original timber beam, worn timber floors, exposed brickwork and high stud create a loft-like space.

“Method’s bins were a game changer; their sleek lines, functionality and quality construction gave us a product that we were happy to put in prominent locations within our own studios as well as the office fit-outs we design for clients.”


Before implementing Method, HMOA had individual mixed waste bins at every desk which failed to inspire staff to recycle or make conscious decisions about waste disposal.

With centralised recycling stations however, everyone must make an intentional decision about which bin they use. This accountability has driven a dramatic increase in recycling and an equal reduction in landfill waste.

​“Simply introducing the Method bins made an immediate impact on the way we approached recycling in our office, by making it easy and accessible.”


A renewed focus on sustainability has also opened discussions about how each member of the team can be doing more in other ways. Reducing single-use plastic bags is one, along with encouraging water conservation, reusable coffee cups and cycling to and from work.