- Article by Online Editor
- Photography by Anthony Fretwell
- Designer Incorp
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In January 2011, Global projects firm Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM) relocated their Victorian office from suburban Armadale to the Melbourne CBD in a move that reflected a change in direction for the firm. SKM’s new work environment is generated from a very clear brief to create ONE SKM.
The design concept is based around the idea of a nest: a place to come home to and something that you add to over time, it is organic, modest, nurturing.
‘Sustainable’, ‘innovative’, ‘responsible’ are key words for SKM. The office spans across five floors and 10,400sqm, delivering a new work experience that aims to be democratic, visible, engaging and energetic, to reflect a collaborative and creative work culture.
A deep floor plate meant poor daylight penetration. This has been resolved with a more even and energy efficient lighting system. Large columns through the open workspace literally frame the teams in between and offer an acoustic benefit. Distant sight lines and walking paths lit with warm lighting connect each end of the floors with kitchens, library, lounges, bench style and private meeting spaces in between.
Sustainable features include the use of tactiles instead of adhesives for carpet installation. Most desks are placed within an 8 metre zone from the perimeter glazing.
Team Incorp Design Studio lead by Perry Gray and Janina Juhas, in conjunction with SKM Design Jennifer Crone, Project Management Dean Fraser and Environment Timothy Bush.
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