Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Danks and Bourke in Sydney, Australia by Tony Owen Partners
February 9th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Tony Owen Partners
The new Danks & Bourke commercial building is a refurbishment of a 1960’s concrete furniture warehouse. It is located in the former industrial area of Danks Street, which has lately become a trendy hub for the designer commercial set. The triple-frontage building contains 5,000sqm of office space over two levels, a supermarket and specialty retail stores on the ground floor.
The vibrant café and retail precinct on the ground floor will be an extension of the working environment. “The building will suit people in creative professions who benefit from a stimulating environment and a more casual working style,” said Mr Owen. “It will be a fun place to work and will have a fluidity that promotes social interaction among occupants.”
We sought to explore new territory in office design. This building explores the potential of the territory free office space consisting of hot spots and shared desks as well as shared lounges, meeting rooms and other facilities. Because the building is so deep, we created a central void space and central street to bring light into the building- this space contains the shared facilities.
We replaced the existing solid facades with full glazing and balconies. We used the same fluid lines of the interior graphics for the balconies and facades to create a distinctive identity. We explored the use of twisted metal panels for the sun louvers. These louvers change colour from different angles.
The fluidity of its lines, bold swatches of colour and ‘contorted’ metal louvres that cast ever-changing shapes and shadows on the facade are in keeping with the artistic precinct, which is the hub of a thriving gallery and design scene.
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