This design concept for new council offices for the City of Stonnington was proposed as part of an invited design competition. Our proposal was designed in association with Sally Draper Architects and was shortlisted by Stonnington Council prior to their decision not to proceed with the project.
The architectural concept comprises of two key components; a solid linear spine and a three storey volume with terracotta screen accommodating flexible office floors. The solid spine accommodates discreet spaces such as enclosed meeting rooms, offices, amenities and service areas. The open offices floors sit behind a glass facade and terracotta louvre array designed to control light penetration and created screened views to and from the street.
Materials sympathetic to the historical context within which this building sits, are used in a contemporary way to create a strong and tangible relationship between old and new. Masonry in the form of stabilised rammed earth is used for its enduring quality and natural texture whilst terracotta blades are used to create a crisp, contemporary shading element to wrap the curved facade of the building where the building addresses the historical red brick church adjacent.