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Interior Design: Host

September 29, 2010

WHOdesign turns three formerly derelict buildings into an eclectic workplace with recycled and classic design elements.

Louis Kahn once said it is likely that when a utilitarian building falls into disuse, we become aware of its architectural qualities. Necessities are stripped away, and essential architectonic properties are revealed. In this manner, creative agency Host was drawn to a derelict cluster of buildings that would become a workplace in which the people bring energy to a building.

The architectural approach was restrained, mindful of the three buildings’ history and their quirky nuances. The buildings have been stitched together to create a viable commercial operation, but everything new stands alone – a gentle touch against the robust industrial character. All the functional features that make the business work are finely detailed elements that pay deference to their history.

The central building is the communal heart, linking studios across three levels. The furnishing style here is eclectic and relaxed, drawing together classic design elements with pieces enjoying their second or third life. A thirty-metre-long planked workbench forms the centrepiece of a one-team culture, a simple and practical idea that allows contemporary business to work.

The whole expresses a new life, laying out a sensitive and practical application of sustainability and recyclability.

*Team* Designers: Graeme Hadenham, David Whittaker, Emily Moss, Judy Lee

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