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2015 Australian Interior Design Awards: Workplace Design

2015 Australian Interior Design Awards Workplace Design Kennards Self Storage by SJB Interiors

Jury Comment

The interior introduces the organization, Kennards Self Storage, to a completely new way of working. Design has been harnessed as a business tool that transforms the work-place and the business. The interior reflects and reinforces the nature of the business, yet transforms the work environment. Thoughtful consideration of volume and scale is evident. A challenging warehouse shell has been transformed into an appealing series of spaces for administration, work and meetings, maintaining generosity of height and space and achieving an intimacy conducive to the purpose of each area. This project is robust, sophisticated and functional.

Design Statement

Kennards Self Storage is in the business of boxes, warehouses and storage areas. The brief was to design a new work environment that encourages increased staff interaction and that says something about the nature of the business. The meeting rooms were designed as plywood boxes and the circulation became part of the leftover space surrounding the structures. With this simple design premise for the large elements, SJB Interiors introduced elegance with refined details on a small scale with joinery, steelwork and materiality. The Kennards team was intent on the outcome having a wonderful sense of design but not being over-designed. This influenced SJB Interiors’ design premise in many ways: a restrained budget, selection of simple materials and paring back the design to only what is necessary.

The Award for Workplace Design is supported by Laminex. The Australian Interior Design Awards are presented by the Design Institute of Australia, Diversified Communications Australia and Artichoke magazine. For more images of this project, see the Australian Interior Design Awards gallery.

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