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Embracing a design philosophy that maximises natural light and visually connects
floor levels, MKDC creates a modern and functional workspace environment.
KDC was engaged by the
Department of Finance - Building
Management and Works (BMW)
to determine the feasibility of
relocating the Department of Indigenous Affairs
(DIA) into 3300sqm of the 30-year-old Silver City
complex at 151 Royal Street, East Perth.
MKDC prepared a master plan to identify if
there was sufficient available space in the building.
This included a project requirements brief, and
blocking and stacking diagrams in order to
identify how the Department of Education could
reduce its 26,000sqm footprint to relinquish
adequate office space for the DIA’s occupancy.
The outcome of this exercise has resulted in the
successful completion of the DIA’s new offices.
MKDC worked closely with all of the DIA
department heads to develop a holistic project
brief, enabling the organisation to move into
a predominantly open-plan environment.
Flexibility for the DIA to meet the needs of
its clients was a key to the overall design,
furniture and finishes.
Meeting the State Government accommodation
objectives, the new open-plan layout maximises
natural sunlight and visually connects the two floor
levels, responding to the architectural style of the
existing building. The client also had access to a
collection of unique Aboriginal artwork, which was
placed throughout the new office environment and
helped to determine the elected colour palette.
The staff cafe, informal meeting and quiet rooms
have been strategically located under the central
atrium. Timber slats have been used to partially
enclose this area, creating a sculptural shape
within the existing building framework. The rustic
timber is juxtaposed against the predominantly
green and white overhead structures, creating
a point of visual interest from all aspects.
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