Designed in collaboration with Jesse Newstadt.
Set within an old community hall, owned by the Uniting Church of Australia, two not for profit organisations work both collectively and individually within this shared space. The project brief called for the refurbishment of the ageing office interiors, as well as upgrading circulation and services to make the offices accessible for all users.
Within the tight budget the core design principles were to provide a new office environment that was light filled and calming for both staff and their clients. Structural plywood was the primary building material, and with this robust timber, the carpenters have crafted a series of joinery items that are inventive, resourceful and sustainable; by using the modular dimensions of a conventional sheet of plywood to construct wall cladding, workstation desks, shelving and cupboards, the project generated very little waste – only a trailer load.
Both clients, Port Phillip Community Group and St. Kilda Legal Service share service zones and meeting spaces; however the office layouts for some staff have been designed to be private in order to maintain client confidentiality. The refurbishment to the existing offices has been keenly welcomed, where previously the ageing and ad-hoc nature of the office’s layout caused discomfort and inefficiency for both staff and their clients.
Photography by Jeremy Wright