A robust and raw refurbishment of the Design Council’s offices gives the organisation a fresh purpose. Through re-organisation and large-scale physical interventions, the Train and Hedges, the organisation is accommodated within a smaller area whilst providing a broad offer of new spaces facilitating their diverse practices.
Research undertaken by our designer embedded in the office informed the design delivering a project tailor made to the users. Spaces were developed to meet the needs for collaboration, concentration and contemplation. The train includes informal meeting spaces, lambs wool clad phone booths providing privacy and an elevated lectern allowing escape or proclamation. The hedges replace previous barriers which were too enclosing and separated teams. The new elements define the edge of the workspace providing shelter and accommodate meeting tables, workspaces and display.
Material choices embody the Design Council’s ethos and deliver a sustainable and low maintenance solution within a tight budget and program. Finishes such as lambswool insulation and reclaimed floor boards are used to narrate tours of the council allowing the value of design to be clearly explained in relation to sustainability, reuse and sourcing.
The 2000 m2 commission was delivered in collaboration with Carl Turner Architects on a design-and-build contract with 6 weeks design time and seven weeks build time.
The build was carried out from 7pm to 7am everyday for 7 weeks causing minimal disruption to the working office.