Carman’s Kitchen Offices – Melbourne

A Melbourne workspace with an outdoor conservatory, communal garden and open-plan kitchen with all the Carman's Kitchen essentials that puts health and wellbeing first to mirror the core values of this Australian food brand.

  • Client Carman's Kitchen,
  • size 26,877 sqft
  • Year 2018
  • Location Melbourne, Australia,
  • Industry Food / Beverage,
  • Ewert Leaf has created a dynamic design for the offices of Carman’s Kitchen, an Australian food brand, located in Melbourne, Australia.

    Echoing the wholesome and nourishing soul of the brand, the 5000 sqm state-of-the-art building is set across three levels, complete with a breezy outdoor conservatory that illuminates in the evenings, along with a communal landscaped garden and retreat to promote walking meetings with a side of Vitamin D. There’s also a contemporary, open-plan kitchen that provides a gathering space for staff, alongside eclectic storage solutions.

    An array of existing spaces have been converted into a fully equipped gym, light-filled yoga studio, sleep retreat, phone booth, and ‘prep’ room where employees can relish in some quiet time or utilize hairdressing and beauty tools to freshen up. Meeting rooms are enclosed by glass in open spaces to achieve the ideal balance of privacy and transparency.

    A tactile material palette layered with lush greenery, local art pieces and a diverse collection of Carolyn’s personal interior touches reinforces this nod towards residential design, while black metal glazed partitions and exposed concrete flooring are contrastingly modern.

    Welcoming Carman’s neighbors, the ground floor features a public retail offering and adjoining café, fit with a cascading ceiling plant installation that uniquely waterfalls from the first workspace level. This striking feature was made possible by carving an opening in the ceiling to create a connection between the offices above and the public space below. It was important to consider Carman’s relationship to its community throughout every step of the design process.

    DesignerEwert Leaf
    Photography: Fi Storey