Thoughtfully designing heritage workspace interiors

ThomsonAdsett has transformed two dated office tenancies into boutique suites that respect and celebrate the Brisbane building’s pre-1916 heritage charm.

The project’s brief was to create a highly marketable, leasable and flexible workplace design that paid tribute to the original character of the building – once used as horse stables for a neighbouring bread factory. The new design fuses traditional and contemporary elements in a sensitive, charming and pragmatic way.

Industrial-style materials and details are used throughout the interiors, reminiscent of the original fabric of the site. Charcoal tones, concrete, brass and oak dress the built form, allowing the traditional brickwork and intricate trusswork to become true showpieces in each tenancy. Complementary feature colours have also been used in the fabrics and carpet to strategically create separate zones within the open plan areas. These zones incorporate a mix of conventional and flexible/agile working areas to appeal to a wide range of tenants and their working styles.

Due to time, budget and construction intricacies arising from the heritage-nature of the site, the project was successfully delivered via a Design & Construct (D&C) approach. Our team invested in a hands-on and collaborative approach with both the builder (Growth Australia) and the property owner (Madad Property). Our approach greatly assisted with navigating the common complexities associated with heritage projects.