The Refurbishment of Master Builders Queensland offices was a big step forward for the board and the staff and huge commitment to change. They were very open to what this might be and from the start we were aware of their heritage and importance to members and were determined to get the best result from the opportunity to design their new space.
We took the fitout team on a journey where we explored and filtered who they were, how they wanted to present to their community, and what mattered to them. This journey identified the essence that needed to hold true throughout the whole fitout which included a long proud heritage, craftmanship both now and of the past, quality of workmanship, functionality, connection and remaining modest.
The exploration led us to considering their history and materials they work with. We created subtleties throughout the fitout utilising traditional and raw materials to remind visitors and staff of where they came from, what they work with and what they do. The subtleties extend across the teams and journey within the work spaces where you move from timber through copper, steel and brass details.
We were also very keen to bring staff together as much as possible to create conversations between teams, centralise breakout spaces and create some efficiencies to allow for team meeting rooms, and provide them with a space to congregate casually or retreat from their workspace. As a result, the majority of the lower ground floor is being repurposed as a refreshing outdoor café feeling staff area and extensive end of trip facilities.
The ground floor will also become the dedicated Members area – a space for them to utilise and enjoy. There are a series of multipurpose rooms that can combine to host events of all sizes. This floor displays the history of past Presidents and tools that were used in their craft and plays on their Logo and connection to the built form throughout.
The journey through the fitout moves through a series of palettes driven by materials of the various crafts with detailing playing on the finishing details of the past that created who Master builders are today. Through exploration and understanding of the users this fitout should stand the test of time like the industry they represent.
Photography by Sam Thies & Josh Thies