for Abigroup – Asset Services
This fitout for the Asset Services division of Bilfinger Berger sought to accommodate several departments of the company, following the recent acquisition of a large engineering firm. The fitout had to provide flexibility for future growth without the need for disruptive future construction works.
The architecture of the general office anticipates the organisational and social structure of the new group. The fitout creates an open, inviting and progressive working environment for staff and visitors. The design maximises the benefit of light provided at the perimeter of the building by locating the maximum number of people in open plan workstations along the perimeter. Enclosed offices are located in the centre of the floor and enjoy outlook across the open plan offices towards the edge of the building and district views beyond.
The character of the floor is established by fixed elements – principally the enclosed offices and meeting rooms. These act as anchors that allow flexibility in the organisation of more temporal elements, such as the workstations, in order to facilitate further evolution of the organisation without reconstruction.
The reception, conference rooms, boardroom and meeting rooms are organised around a new kitchen/cafe area, allowing the social areas of the fitout to expand into the meeting rooms and reception. This enlarged area was designed to reflect the culture of the organisation by facilitating announcement by the MD to all staff and regular social functions organised for staff and clients.
Service areas such as printing and utility bays are located discretely behind the offices, consolidating required circulation and services cupboards in the existing building.
Design commenced on the fitout in August 2005 and was completed for client handover at the beginning of November 2005.
Angelo Korsanos, Philip Duffy, Melika Aljukic, Wesley Grunsell
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