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THE CLIENT BRIEF
West Australian-based property group Hawaiian
commissioned Interiors Australia to design their
office space in the new 5 Star Green Star rated
Bishops See building at 235 St Georges Terrace.
e aim was to create an atmosphere of prestige,
while remaining sympathetic to key design
elements in the company's previous office.
e Interiors Australia team needed to create
an entirely new environment, while taking
a timeless, rich and layered, yet minimalist
contemporary approach. e key term in the
design philosophy was "understated elegance".
CREATING THE SPACE
Interiors Australia used new materials like dark
timber veneer against limestone to establish a
sense of maturity as well as dynamism.
Upon entering the main corridor, a feature
wall displays Hawaiian's impressive artwork
collection, while a gold leaf wall opposite and
clever lighting creates a rich, calming ambience.
In the reception foyer, sculptural chandeliers
drop from high ceilings, while views of the natural
surroundings act as a living art piece.
All materials used in the fitout were selected for
their adherence to Green Star criteria and plants
were implemented for good indoor air quality.
An open work environment was adopted to make
the most of the good natural light and attractive
views, and to promote a positive work culture.
Instead of offices, "work hubs" were introduced
to act as flexible points for project and team
meetings, informal and formal occasions, and a
space for individuals to gain some peace and quiet.
WHAT THE JUDGES SAID
"We felt the layout was very well conceived,
cleverly linking high-profile meet and greet
spaces with the back of house accommodation.
Navigation through the office was well thought
out and logical but included spatial surprises to
differentiate the plan from being just functional.
e site also provided terrific opportunities --
the soaring ceiling height, the tenancy entrance
from the building foyer and views over the very
pretty garden; we felt that the designer exploited
these to full potential.
e level of finish treatments and detail was
high; differently interpreted in the two main areas
but consistently connected through the use of the
client's extensive art collection.
Overall, the result is a subtle mixture of stately
club environment with a mature and efficient
workplace. e interior that the designer has
achieved for their client is inviting, luxurious,
exudes warmth but clearly expresses itself as a
DESIGN STUDIO: Interiors Australia
PROJECT: HAWAIIAN, Bishops See
THE CLIENT BRIEF
e Water Corporation commissioned GHD to
design their interior office space.
e aim was to achieve a 5 Star Green Star
rating and a 4½ star NABERS rating for fitout and
base building. e brief also stipulated that GHD
help create an open, collaborative environment
for the 210 staff by drawing on ideas of the
domestic home, in particular, the "kitchen table".
CREATING THE SPACE
GHD worked closely with the Water Corporation
to understand its business, culture and direction.
e "kitchen table" became a source of
inspiration as it encourages dialogue, promotes
discussion and brings together people, ideas,
wisdom and knowledge.
GHD capitalised on this idea through the two
outdoor atriums at the centre of the building. Both
voids were transformed into zones dedicated to
the employees and their wellbeing. e atriums
are now a place for staff to eat, converse, meet and
greet -- just like the metaphoric kitchen table.
GHD aimed to minimise or avoid using PVC
and products that emitted formaldehyde or VOCs.
Instead, they specified products that were easily
recycled, limiting timber use to post-consumer
recycled or Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)
Certified timber wherever possible.
DESIGN STUDIO: GHD
PROJECT: Water Corporation
L1 O ce Fitout
Images courtesy of Interiors Australia, photography James Rogers
Images courtesy of GHD
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