victorian government office, collins st. melbourne vic

role interior design value confidential area 5,600m² completed date 2014

peckvonhartel have been engaged as designers and lead consultant for a new 5,640sqm office fit out for the Victoria Government. The first of three phases has been recently completed including a new public interface and training facility.

The design reinforces and reflects the organisation’s core values of honesty and integrity. The design intent reflects the client’s desire for openness and transparency while resolving requirements for a high level of security.

The design of the reception desk and banquet seating create a visual connection and continuity between the primary and secondary public zones. The reception and break out space have been designed to facilitate the gathering of large numbers before and after meetings, training sessions and conferences. The visually striking breakout space makes clever use a compromised space created by a floor plate studded with large structural columns.

The training facility has been designed to be flexible and adaptable.  Using a system of operable walls the three training rooms open to create a larger gathering space to facilitate interagency functions and all-staff meetings by incorporate the public break out space and surrounding circulation zones into one large gathering zone.

The splayed walls of the training facility guide visitors to the reception, whilst creating a focused and enclosed gathering space within. The design strikes a balance between the need for security and discretion and the desire for openness, and transparency.