CHARD International was invited by the ADMARK Communications to design a new reception area and meeting room in their existing offices in Port Melbourne.
Admark Communications moved into its new warehouse home in 2009 and realised that the initial excitement for the beautiful large open gallery space was tempered by a realisation that there was a lack of privacy to conduct business and the design needed updating for its practice. The warehouse accommodates two different companies (one upstairs and one downstairs) and, as a result, the traffic flow through the area around reception and the front door was chaotic.
The design evolved primarily out of a need to resolve these complex traffic flow issues. Marking the pathways across the floor exposed the ‘quiet areas’ that could later become the meeting room and position for the reception desk. The walkways converged at the front door and radiated out in a curve to the left towards the stairs and toilet area. Other paths led almost straight ahead to the reception and out to the rear roller door. The meeting room was determined by a circular white fringe drape around which a second spiralling sheer drape system was established. None of the drapes are fixed and they were designed in sections to open and close, offering unlimited possibilities and ever-changing environments.
The work was featured in the Australian Design Review, link bellow.