Melbourne, VIC, Australia
The transformation of a warehouse building into an environmentally responsive and engaging workplace.
Now the new headquarters for Melrose, a national health product company, this space has been converted into healthy workplace which embraces and reflects the ideology of Melrose Health. Designers Bent Architecture, carefully fused warehouse industrial, modern corporate administration and landscape, into a well thought out space.
By eroding the existing building fabric and redefining divisions within, the project encourages its occupants to connect and engage with the external environment and each other in a meaningful way.
The street façade of the existing building was eroded via an organic steel structure that literally connects the site’s landscape to the building fabric.
Part sunshade and part landscape arbour, the structure liberates north facing windows that would otherwise cower from hot summer sun whilst providing a conduit for greenery to permeate the office interior.
Openable windows were inserted to facilitate natural ventilation, and modular garden beds and joinery components comprising recycled materials and building off-cuts were inserted to define co-working areas, quiet spaces and collaborative ‘landscaped’ breakout zones.
Photography by Brendan Finn.