Non-Residential Design – Alterations/Additions
This project involved ‘de cluttering and re-organising’ of the site, which had been a neglected two-storey heritage building in an upbeat city-fringe urban shopping strip.
The design response has successfully provided this once tired building with a new lease of life.
The scope of works included the sympathetic re-design of the ground floor shop fitout to create a more active response to the streetscape, exposing the building’s interior to passers-by.
The introduction of mezzanine level within the existing warehouse has provided an increase in wholesale showroom floor area without increasing the building’s footprint. Plywood sheet flooring and ceiling panelling Plywood lining clearly defines new works from the existing heritage building within the admin/office area. The crisp white walls and new flooring allows the existing timber trusses to be showcased. The introduction of south-facing highlight roof glazing provides an abundance of natural light to the administration workstations/office area.
The construction of the new workshop is sympathetic in both form and material selections, together with clever use of timber batten screens within the courtyard.
There is no doubt that the design team has achieved the request within the client’s brief of “wanting spaces to inspire customers and staff”. Upon entering this building, one discovers interesting aspects that reflect the product brand.
Birkenstock’s MD said “Customers’ feedback has simply been 100% positive.” This is a true reflection of a wonderful example of alterations and additions to a tired old heritage building.
Interior Design: Non-Residential
The brief was to create an environment and interior space which reflects the client’s core values and branding of sustainability and healthiness, craftsmanship and quality, honesty and workmanship
The clever selections of materials – in particular the use of various timbers – indicates the designers have a true understanding of their clients’ products as well as with a respect and appreciation of the existing building.
With the introduction of fireplaces, tea bar, and the open display of materials/equipment used in the Birkenstock product, the customer is invited into the space to develop an understanding and appreciation of the product.
The use of plywoods, light timber, white washed walls and the introduction of glass roof lights together with ‘air-purifier planting’ provides the office area with a relaxed non-structured office space. The re-using and painting of Aeroplane trolleys provides splashes of playful colour and fun to the office.
The Birkenstock Australia HQ re-development and interior fit-out represents the regeneration and renovations of what was previously a tired old space.
Excellence in Use of Timber
This project has demonstrated how thoughtful use of timber can enhance an intrinsically thoughtful design. Timber firstly welcomes the customer by providing a visual feed into the building where vertical panelling flows into horizontal and the front door side panel is a piece of carved art.
Inside, timber touches like the round seats complement the rustic face-brick of the walls. Upstairs, subtle tones of timber veneer, exposed timber beams and solid shelving and the wide timber balustrade capping continue the theme.
Additional touches include partially exposed timber trusses, featured timber wall niches and freestyle balustrading in the courtyard.
Finally, the ‘piece de resistance’, is the carved timber signage to the disabled water closet. Another of the beautifully detailed elements which make this entry stand-out in its excellent use of timber.