Brefni Offices – Sydney

  • Client Brefni,
  • size 7,965 sqft
  • Year 2020
  • Location Sydney, Australia,
  • Industry Construction / Engineering,
  • Evoke Projects was tasked with the office design for Brefni, a specialist civil engineering and construction company, located in Sydney, Australia.

    Brefni is a medium-sized professional Civil Engineering and Plant Hire Company focusing on infrastructure and urban growth. In 2018 Brefni commenced construction works for their new office and warehouse building in Smeaton Grange. This would be the start of an exciting journey ahead, moving from their previous location in Picton where the business had been located for many years. The new location provides a fresh change for staff, encourages collaboration and new ways of working. The design is also a reflection of the Brefni brand with elements that create a natural talking point for anyone who visits the building.

    The building consists of 3 levels connected with a stairwell and voided section across all floors. The sleek, industrial, monochromatic design makes use of the structural elements of the building, exposing the concrete slab throughout. Exposed services compliment the industrial nature of the business along with metal design details and features. The use of black and white creates a striking contrast against the concrete surfaces with bold blackened out ceilings, matte black joinery and stairwell balustrades. An abundance of plant life was introduced into the design to incorporate an element of nature throughout, in particular a green wall that has been installed expanding over 2 floors and is a real feature upon entry.

    Design features that represent the history of the Brefni brand include the reception counter which was constructed from recycled timber, originally from the timber railway bridge at Bomaderry. The bridge was constructed in 1893 with the intention of extending the Illawarra Line south of the Shoalhaven River. Another historic piece is the coffee table in reception which has been constructed from a 1950s winder wheel salvaged from the Oakdale Colliery mining site.

    Various staff amenities, meeting rooms, breakout areas and focus zones across all floors provide a variety of spaces that enable staff to be productive during their day and encourages collaboration across all departments.

    Design: Evoke Projects
    Photography: Huw Lambert