OFFICE TREND: using battens in a work environment to easily create warmth, texture and movement. Demonstrated here at 530 Collins Street, an innovative batten system was used to create a fresh and inviting lobby to greet employees and clients.
The GPT Group engaged architectural experts Gray Puksand to re-imagine the lobby. Gray Puksand are an Australian firm that specialise in architecture, interior design and graphic design with multiple studio’s across the country. Their vision is ‘to create an inspired future with beautiful, authentic and considered projects that improve the way people work, learn and live’.
The intent of the design was to move users through the elongated lobby to the arrival point of Space&Co’s new co-working office. The brief required a refreshing and bold design solution in line with the current tenants.
“Our design philosophy was to bring a sense of theatre and provide movement in the architecture” as explained by the design team at Gray Puksand. This movement was achieved by the use of Sculptform’s ‘click-on’ batten system – the design combined angles and linear textures to accomplish this look.
Tracey Incau from Gray Puksand explained “within a very short timeframe, we produced an inherent wayfinding environment with a dramatic lighting approach, accentuated by strong pattern and texture”.
The material used for the batten system was none other than GOODWOOD Victorian ash – coated in a clear poly storm smooth sealant. “We decided to use Victorian Ash based on the quality of the product, we wanted to make sure the finished project met the client’s expectations of something that is durable, high quality, strong and environmentally friendly. The result as you can see, spoke louder than word – 530 Collins has a unique, innovative and timeless look” as explained by Gray Puksand.
There’s Victorian ash, and then there’s GOODWOOD Victorian ash. What’s the difference?
- GoodWood is quarter sawn (not back sawn), which is the most stable form of sawing
- The location of the ASH mill is on a dry belt on flat ground that allows the right amount of sun and air flow to slowly equalise the timber
- GoodWood is dried to 10% moisture content
- It is straight line edged to ensure the manufacturer does not need to straighten before use
- An ultrasound scanner searches for internal defects
- GoodWood being the most stable, straight, well graded and dried timber possible.
If you’re interested in learning more about GoodWood, visit this webpage.
Architect – Gray Puksand
Builder – Airport Commercial Joinery (AC Joinery)
Photographer – Tatjana Plitt