How can you make an office feel both polished and down-to-earth?

Perth – Woods Bagot was tasked by Multiplex, a contractor in the construction industry, to design its headquarters. The brief was to create an industrial feel for the interior, with a focus on a minimalist, understated aesthetic. Bringing people together, supporting interaction and increasing efficiency in a team-based environment were key drivers of the design.

The interiors scheme looks to reflect Multiplex’s culture and approach: ‘polished and professional, but also down-to-earth and appreciative of good design and craftsmanship,’ as Woods Bagot Associate Melanie Porrins put it. For the construction company, the integration of the new headquarters with their on-site offices across the state was a crucial requirement of the design process.

Technological integration is also an important factor in the design

Open-plan workspaces are interspersed with quiet individual workstations and shared areas to promote collaboration and social interaction, like meeting zones. In line with this, the new environment encourages flexibility, diversity and adaptability. Technological integration, including wireless networking and mobile technologies to reduce dependence on paper, is also an important factor in the design.

The heart of the project is the central hub, which houses a reception area, a waiting lounge, a kitchen and a café. This highly active zone, where visitors are welcomed in a concierge-style space, features a digital display wall showcasing various Multiplex sites around the world.

This case study was originally featured in The Other Office Three, a book that explores how offices are being designed to adapt to evolving technologies and new methods of working. Purchase your copy here.

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