ThomsonAdsett’s Collaborative Brisbane Architecture Studio

  • Client ThomsonAdsett,
  • size 13,993 sqft
  • Year 2013
  • Location Brisbane, Australia,
  • Industry Architecture Firm,
  • Architecture firm ThomsonAdsett recently designed a new studio environment for their Brisbane office in an effort to support collaboration between the firm’s specialized disciplines.

    With the aspiration of a welcoming, engaging and collaborative workspace, ThomsonAdsett designed the conversion of a 1950s warehouse into an open-plan architectural studio, accommodating around 75 staff. The core idea behind the studio design centres on the ‘blurring of boundaries’ between a creative design studio, learning environment, and gathering space. The blurring of boundaries between the company’s specialist design disciplines was enhanced by having open sight lines through-out the studio and linear workstations, providing connectivity between all disciplines.

    The visual connections between front of house areas and studio were a key factor in this design, with the reception and waiting areas having clear visibility into the studio. A circular informal discussion space creates a link between the two areas with a fine stainless steel mesh curtain articulating the space, and feature lighting providing a visual reference to 1950s studios.

    The flexibility and agility of meeting spaces was enhanced by a series of full width sliding doors, creating five individual rooms of varying scale and capacity. Similar to a sliding tile puzzle, these rooms can be configured in multiple combinations, with the sliding elements concealed in wall cavities. The new studio space supports our vision of a specialist design practice.

    Design: ThomsonAdsett
    Design Team: Project Director- David Frost; Project Architects- Costa Vorkas, Chad Brown; Documentation Architect- Leon Burton; Interior Designer- Julie Williamson.
    Photography: Adam Finch