DKO designed this infill office development in the post-industrial suburb of Richmond to be a respectful addition to its context paying homage to the adjacent heritage listed Pelaco building while offering 7,000 square metres plus of A grade commercial and hospitality space.
DKO’s design includes the adaptive reuse of a 1900s Edwardian shopfront to Bridge Road, that will be retained as both heritage entry statement and laneway to the office lobby, as well as reception, security point and hospitality venue. This creates a significant “third space” breakout zone for the office workers, spilling into Wustemenn Place and creating activity along Bridge Road.
A strong podium form is proposed in recycled brick, speaking to the local industrial context and providing a warm and textured ground floor plane both externally and internally. Four storeys of commercial space rise above the podium with bronze coloured louvres adding activity to the façade. Landscaping pours down the eastern façade breaking up the monolithic form and providing a verdant curtain to Allowah Terrace. The same wire framed greenery splits the Bridge Road façade into two wings, further reducing scale and creating a visible green street presence.