The visitor, or front-of-house, experience is designed with a rich palette of warm timber tones, polished concrete floors, soft furnishings and luxe floor rugs, communicating to the visitor the company’s premium offering, the moment they step across the threshold.
Moving into the next zone, the “workspace” is open, light and fresh, with paler tones of polished concrete, knotted rugs, greenery, and simple but elegant cabinetry detailing. The exposed ceiling soffit and services create a sense of height, with areas of dropped ceiling to create intimacy where required.
The social experience is connected to the outdoor terrace as space for the team to come together and “celebrate their wins”. The social space seamlessly converts into an flexible entertainment space for client functions and important occasions, and a games and informal meeting space is tucked away behind the kitchen, creating a semiprivate retreat for informal gatherings.
“The overall scheme was warm, natural timber in a walnut finish that helped to ground and solidify the space. This wrapped around the core and links the three discrete spaces together,” says Callanan. “The flooring is a light in-situ stone that ran through the space, which is paired with a light and refreshing palette.”
The workspace is visible to the street, designed to respond to its immediate context and contribute to the wider Subiaco community feel. “The new development is right in the thick of the Subi hub,” she says.
“The office is on level one, which slightly overhangs the street, and you can view it from the train station. We wanted to activate these beautiful arched columns, which are lit up at nighttime, by giving them space in the built environment. The development really brings life back into the heart of Subiaco.”
Blackburne workplace has been shortlisted for the Design Institute of Australia’s (DIA) Designers Australia Awards under the ‘Place’ category.