Clever Design Concepts for the Workplace
After not visiting for some time, the office might seem like a distant memory to many people around the world at the moment. However, as things start to shift, workers are gradually making their way back to their desks.
To help you gain some inspiration for the next workplace design you work on, we’ve rounded up some of the most clever and impressive workplace’s that we’ve seen over the years.
Workshop by Milligan Group is a visionary campus-style business hub in Sydney’s Pyrmont, showcasing a new era of workplace design. Designed by Bates Smart, the signature building incorporates our Vic Ash timber Click-on Battens and Tongue & Groove Cladding throughout the multilevel ceilings.
A full-height atrium in the centre of the Workshop creates an open, light-filled environment and visual connectivity between floors – if you can see past the impressive hanging planters. Interconnecting stairs and column-free workspaces encourage culture and collaboration and open up easy communication between its inhabitants.
An abundance of natural light, breakout zones, flexible floorplates, foliage and natural ventilation are cleverly interwoven in the design to support staff to be happier, healthier and more productive. The incorporation of timber balances well with other materials such as metal, terracotta, glass and concrete and provides a sense of tranquillity.
One of the smartest features within this workplace are the concealed doors of the mediation rooms. Click-on Battens were used to conceal the mediation rooms, helping to seamlessly integrate them into their surroundings. The batten screens also offer privacy for tense situations, while allowing some visibility outside the room. When folded back, a large window is revealed into the rooms, becoming a contemporary feature.
A brilliant design that was a tad tricky to execute was a large timber screen in APL’s foyer. This open plan area features a staircase to the first floor with no ceiling above the reception desk. Behind this reception desk is a timber free-standing screen, allowing visibility of the office beyond.
An effective design was produced by aligning the free-standing screen with the wall’s timber battens, which then seamlessly connect through a miter joint to the timber battens on the ceiling.
Although this wall looks seamless, it took precision and accuracy to get right. It was all worth it though, the many straight vertical lines of timber battens add a dramatic effect to the foyer area, without being too overpowering.
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