Norton Legal is new workplace for a modest but sophisticated contemporary law firm within an existing industrial building in Melbourne's west.
After our initial research phase (surveys, interviews and site analysis) we realised that with a compact warehouse of 76sqm we didn't have enough area to accommodate all the required spaces and program. This included traditional office areas such as a meeting room, entry/waiting and reception area, printing and archive spaces, bathroom and shower, kitchen, storage and a lunch area. In addition our client had recognized the opportunity for her workplace to facilitate better work life balance by including a place for kids to hang out after school. Sound control was also very important for worker comfort.
Working with these tight spatial requirements we came up with a series of connected, flexible, multi-use spaces combined with intelligent storage. We deleting the traditional reception area and combed the meeting room/entry/waiting area and provided a curtain to help give meetings some privacy should there be an unexpected delivery or visitor. We combined kids area with the breakout and this become a comfy spot for kids to watch TV after school. We also added heavier curtains to control sound in the office space. The combined spaces and sound control helped to increase the comfort and size of areas where people spent the most time.
This process was a continually reductive approach, reducing the built work to the most minimal intervention possible, conserving materials and increasing space and worker well being. The modest materials such as plywood were creatively detailed and dealt with to achieve the desired warm and sophisticated outcome.