Collingwood Studios

Our Client approached us in 1999 to turn this old historic building into their front-of-house design studios as well as the factory space for manufacturing all their clothes. The challenge was to keep the facade and the nature of the building but to turn it into a a space where both manufacturing staff and visiting clients could all be proud and comfortable to work.
In the front of the building – where visitors enter and designers work – a skylight is positioned in the central atrium, bringing natural light into the main circulation of the building and the offices leading off this space. Along with the skylight the addition of feature stair acts as a dynamic element, providing much needed access and convenient circulation.
The internal facades surrounding the atrium are made up of facebrick arches and black steel shopfronts. These materials were chosen to continue the industrial and heritage aesthetic and at the same time provided the offices with a transparency through to the other offices. Although when privacy is needed there are large solid flush beech timber sliding doors that contrast with the robust textured bricks.
The original timber floor still runs throughout this space. Balustrades are made up of timber handrails along with black steel posts.
Overall this building combines practicality, durability and aesthetics together.

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