Workspace - Interior Fitout
Projects : Workspace - Interior Fitout
architects h+k transformed the upper level of a rundown office building into a functioning architectural studio. All existing internal partitions were removed leaving a simple rectangular box into which a series dividing walls and spatial forms were inserted. The existing office block was constructed of full height concrete masonry walls essentially enclosing the building on three sides, and a full width glazed wall on the west providing natural light to the interior. A new staircase was located directly adjacent to the south wall. The laminated plywood stairs provide a rich contrast to the neutral white finish applied to the concrete masonry. Two ‘shell’ forms, arranged along the length of the office, divide the overall space to allow reception and meeting rooms on the Entry side, and office workstations on the opposite side. On the reception and meeting room side the shell walls provide space to display images of completed projects. On the working side these shell walls become an efficient organising device for photocopiers and printers. They provide space for the storage of codes and regulatory documents, job files and stationery supplies. The firm’s many drawing cabinets are arranged behind a long bench in the workspace, this provides an additional layer of screening between the foyer and the work area beyond, without the need for complete separation. The open plan space promotes shared ideas and projects while producing a pleasant and productive work environment.