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Tonkin Consulting in Adelaide, Australia

6 July 2020

Tonkin Consulting in Adelaide

Design: Hames Sharley

Location: Adelaide, South Australia

Tonkin Consulting Adelaide South Australia

In designing the Tonkin Office Fitout Hames Sharley set out to create an environment that is conducive to ‘Building exceptional outcomes together’, Tonkin’s core vision.

Tonkin Consulting Adelaide South Australia

Form, flair and functionality are immediately apparent as soon as visitors enter the space.
The designers have achieved an environment that puts people first, builds community and ingrains collaboration. “Home is where the heart is”. By referencing the domestic in furniture and materiality the designers have created a space that is both warm and welcoming whilst still having an understated playfulness.

Tonkin Consulting Adelaide South Australia

The use of subtle curves, colour palettes and warm, natural finishes subtly references Tonkin’s new brand identity just as the infinity symbol in the new Trust Mark represents the shared journey
to the destination with colleagues and clients in a spirit of collaboration.

Tonkin Consulting Adelaide South Australia

The brief was to create a design to promote staff feeling a level of comfort, pride and trust within their workplace while enabling a casual and formal collaboration between staff and building a stronger work culture.

Tight deadline to ensure their office relocation would be completed over the Christmas period. This meant a substantial effort during the design and documentation phase and ensuring all building works were completed by specific deadlines for full office operation upon staff return.

Tonkin Consulting Adelaide South Australia

Tonkin Consulting design intelligent solutions for the buildings, environmental, land development, maritime and riverine, transport, waste and water sectors. Their clients include commercial and residential developers, construction firms, municipal councils and government departments.

Tonkin Consulting Adelaide South Australia

The core idea was to create an environment conducive to ‘Building exceptional outcomes together’. The stereotype of Engineers was cast aside and instead a sense of Home prevails. Home is where the heart is, where our boundaries come down and we belong. The infinity symbol in the Tonkin Trust Mark represents the shared journey to connecting communities. Tonkin’s people are at the heart of that process.

Tonkin Consulting Adelaide South Australia

Using domestic references unconventionally, we created a warm, welcoming space with an understated playfulness. We created flexible settings allowing employees to decide where and how they’ll work. The space has Open Plan Office, Quiet Rooms, Banquettes, plan tables and create stations, and Focus pods. The boardroom, with its curved glass partition, leather dado rail, modern pendant, timber lined ceiling and soft decorative voiles wrapping the interior space, creates a sense of the unexpected. In the breakout kitchen there is a hanging garden/lighting system suspended above the island bench.

Tonkin Consulting Adelaide South Australia

The collaboration zone, an adaptable space with tiered seating and ottomans, was created for both work and play. The exterior side of this zone was wrapped with Tonkin corporate values on matte and gloss panels. The nature inspired carpet evokes a sense of calm while the soft furnishings are richly textured and comfortable. Lighting and furniture has rounded corners and smooth edges for a soft aesthetic.

A core principle of this project was to improve innovation, collaboration and creativity across the Tonkin organisation. Drawing inspiration from Tonkin Consulting’s family-oriented culture, we have created spaces to further build close relationships and encourage communication. The floorplan allows for optimum natural light and abundant use of plants ensures we put the health and wellbeing of the occupants at the forefront of our design.

Tonkin Consulting Adelaide South Australia

Tonkin Consulting in Adelaide, South Australia – Building Information

Architect, Interior Design: Hames Sharley

Mossop Consulting
Lucid Consulting Australia

Project size: 1500 sqm
Project Budget: $2300000
Completion date: 2018

Tonkin Consulting Adelaide South Australia

Photography: Peter Barnes

Hames Sharley Architects

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Location: Willunga, Adelaide, South Australia

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