The brief for Silk Logistics was to create a fresh, invigorating space for staff to feel comfortable and energised in. While we had lots of inspiration to draw from with the industrial surrounds of Port Melbourne and view of the Bolte Bridge, the challenge with this project was working with an already-existing angled wall in the entrance.
“The unusual shape of the tenancy, with a fire hose reel located in the middle of the space, created a challenging area to lay the required number of workstations. It was like finding the shoe that fits,” says interior designer Kate Dickeson.
“While it was a really tricky space to work with, it was really important to the client that they had the offices on the perimeter wall. We managed to achieve this by creating a collaborative area in the rear corner of the space that allowed for more communal discussion,” she says.
Darker tones were used for the steel framing to pay homage to the industrial setting. The concrete-looking reception counter was designed to encapsulate the large concrete columns of the Bolte Bridge and paired with black aluminium-framed glass partitions. In the middle of the space we included a cluster of brass pendant lights to emit warm lighting. This softened the space and contrasted with the harshness of the dark-framed walls.
“We really wanted the space to encapsulate as much natural light as possible. We took advantage of the full height external windows and used glass partitions for the office fronts to avoid a dark, crammed in feel,” says Kate.
The finishing touches included a communal space for staff to relax and take a break from their desks, accents of greenery to provide the area with fresh oxygen to increase productivity and furniture selected specifically to provide practicality and comfort.
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