106 Flinders St - Melbourne, Vic

Winner, Excellence in Timber Design – Small Budget – in the 2016 Australian Timber Design Awards

106 Flinders St was designed as a cabin laboratory for an architectural physicist in Melbourne’s CBD. The client wanted a versatile workspace that would not only enhance mental performance, but also function as a meeting and entertaining space when required.

Of particular importance was the need to recreate the atmosphere of the client’s calm, nature-infused home in the Dandenong Ranges – effectively bringing nature into the city. In response the designers created an office that is a tranquil and meditative sanctuary, entirely clad in timber to create a natural, welcoming space.

Among the client’s major concerns was, “how to reduce concrete production and stop ripping lime out of the earth.” Fittingly, great care was taken to mimimise the studio’s environmental impact. Douglas Fir was selected as a handsome, sustainably sourced timber, used to convey the desired qualities of warmth, calm and nature. Wastage was kept to a minimum, with off-cuts crafted into furniture and door handles.

According to Bates Smart Design Director Kristen Whittle, “The project has successfully explored the emotional and neurological impacts of architecture, and produced a space that induces calmness, wellbeing and creativity, while signalling what the future of work could be.”

Design: Bates Smart

Photography: Peter Clarke

Source: Artichoke, Issue 56, Sepetember 2016