Architect : First Principles Architects
Office Fitout : Inspace
Photographer : Jay Drew Photography
I find designing the interior of commercial space exhilarating in a very different way to residential design. Despite being split into different zones (work / meeting/ kitchen/ breakout) the SciPad office is essentially used for a common purpose yet will be inhabited by individuals with vastly different personal tastes. The challenge is to create an area that is as hard working as it is aesthetically pleasing to the entire team. SciPad produces scientific educational material; the team needs access to multiple resources, plentiful storage, and open, uncluttered areas to work within. In addition to the physical requirements, I wanted to play to the mental health aspect of a workplace, and drew on warm timbers and calm, positive energy of greenery. High ceilings maximise the space, concrete pre-cast walls and black accents bring masculinity, but this is softened by shots of pink, which reference the SciPad logo. The kitchen space has a relaxed vibe, while the meeting area – demarked by vertical timber elements - pays homage to design elements with clever lighting (hanging pendant and recessed LED) and feature greenery. Comfort was crucial to breakout areas, which were considered key to relaxation, brain storming and ad hock meetings. Natural light has been used throughout as a feature.