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aria Gillman from Bos Architects
was invited to provide architectural
services for a change-of-use project
in Subiaco, converting an existing
office space into medical consulting rooms. The
brief called for a reception and waiting area,
offices and treatment rooms, and facilities for
staff and patients.
The client’s wish for an innovative solution
aligned with Maria’s preference for a sympathetic
treatment of the well-loved existing space, which
had been architect designed. The open-plan,
multi-level space with its exposed roof structure
and prominent, angled, plywood-clad wall lent
itself to an urban industrial look.
A large reception desk was designed to fit around
the existing floor-to-ceiling timber posts, and the
angled wall was used to define the waiting area.
Existing decorative universal beams were
re-used to form the structure for a new glazed wall,
and new office partitions were located so that the
steel-trussed roof structure would remain visible.
Universal access to the mezzanine level was
solved by installing a platform lift alongside the
existing sculptural concrete and travertine stair,
to which a new balustrade was added. Full-
height doors and internal glazing minimise
the loss of natural light on the mezzanine level.
Fixed windows were inserted into the angled
wall to let natural light into the facilities area,
and a new opening in the wall links the waiting
area with the facilities area via a barn door with
A section of the stainless steel air-conditioning
duct was redirected to provide clearance on the
mezzanine landing, and is now a feature in
the reception area. Cable trays, modular LED
lighting and stainless steel webbing were selected
for practicality, and to compliment the scheme.
The walls, exposed structure and plywood wall
were refinished in a classic black and white colour
scheme. Interior designer Annie Benson selected
additional decorative light fittings to provide
interest and to add colour.
The existing kitchen was converted into
a Universal Access Toilet, and the sanitary facilities
were refitted to provide end-of-trip amenities
for staff. A kitchenette was installed on the lower
level, and a first-floor storage area was converted
into a private kitchen.
The success of the project is the result of a team
effort. Project manager John Forde understood
Maria’s vision, and where necessary provided
solutions that complimented the scheme. Annie
Benson worked closely with the client, and
ensured that style was not compromised by
practicality. An excellent selection of artwork
and furnishings, including custom-made office
desks, ensures that this space is enjoyable for staff
Bos Architects reaffirm their position as change-of-use and consulting-room experts
in this recent transformation of a Subiaco office.
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