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e following information was submitted to the
DIA as part of entries in the DIA (WA) 09 Awards.
THE CLIENT BRIEF
One of Australia's oldest and most respected law
firms, Mallesons Stephen Jaques, commissioned
Anitma Design Group to create a contemporary,
unique corporate image for their Central Park, St
Georges Terrace offices. e aim was to reflect the
firm's modern approach and individuality, and
ultimately attract a new breed of young lawyers.
At the same time, it was essential that
Mallesons Stephen Jaques' strong foundations
and high standing within the law community
were also reflected in the design. Traditional
and contemporary elements needed to sit
harmoniously alongside each other, so as to
create a sense of familiarity while challenging
expectations of what a law firm should be.
CREATING THE SPACE
At the core of Anitma Design Group's project
solution was the juxtaposition between traditional
and contemporary elements.
Incorporated into the design were quirky
features like the standing seam zinc cladding --
normally used on building exteriors -- and leather
strap walls. Randomly woven from floor to ceiling
and angled off the painted gyprock wall, the straps
give depth and texture to the waiting area.
Traditional materials like white veined marble
and timber veneer sit alongside these slightly
leftfield elements, reflecting the quality and
attention to detail the firm is proud of.
Marble cladding on the reception lift lobby
surrounds and the signage wall behind the
reception counter creates an initial impression
of tradition. is is counter-balanced by the
minimalist reception counter, low-hung pendant
lights and, of course, the leather strap walls.
A dramatically down-lit curved passageway
leads to the firm's conferencing area. e space
can be closed off with large, aluminium-framed,
glazed, sliding pocket doors to function as a
separate meeting room. When the doors are left
open, the space functions as part of the conference
lobby area, making it ideal for events.
A large, fabric-upholstered wall hanging acts as
both a visual statement and an acoustic treatment
for when the room is used for meetings.
Catering and self-service capabilities
complement the existing commercial kitchen,
with hidden drinks, wine fridges and catering
storage integrated into a large buffet wall unit.
e staff breakout area was designed to be a hub
for the employees and comprises a double-sided
island bench with mirrored facilities on both
sides. Colours were kept neutral and modern to
reflect the front-of-house finishes, while there
is an overall, brighter lighting effect to promote
interaction among staff members.
WHAT THE JUDGES SAID
" e project design, primarily restricted to client-
facing spaces, is absolutely uncompromising
and makes no apology for presenting the firm to
its clients in the best possible light. e design
language is calm, restrained and elegant.
Due to the mostly pre-existing layout, the
designer's solution is evidenced through extensive
materialisation, craft and artisan installations and
quite unconventional deployment of fabrication
Installation artforms, interspersed with the
client's own art collection, are the dominant
decoration. is work exemplifies well-executed,
restrained and sympathetic design work. Every
facet has been thought through by the designer
such that it is a complete composition. Its subtlety
and complexity will no doubt have required
the designer to draw on the full extent of their
communication skills to convey its intent to the
client through the design process.
e challenging process and the completed
project demonstrate the highest standards of the
profession. It is a credit to its designer and well
deserving of an Award of Merit."
DESIGN STUDIO: Anitma Design Group
PROJECT: Mallesons Stephen Jaques
AWARD: Award of Merit
Images courtesy of Anima Design Group,. photography Joel Barbitta, D-Max Photography
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