Hammond Studio has brought to life a dynamic workspace that both challenges and exemplifies the unorthodox space at ECP Asset Management.
August 8th, 2022
On the fourth floor in The Pavilion Building, Hammond Studio has given new life to the unorthodox space in a fit-out that speaks volumes about they studio’s creative ingenuity. While it’s a project on a smaller scale, the fit-out is brimming with sleek, creative touches that come through the materials, all the way to the art.
“Wanting to embody a sophisticated work environment, ECP envisioned a space they could relax in, connect and have a bit of fun simultaneously,” says director and founder Todd Hammond. “The environment of the space in itself is a physical representation of the company, revealing its brand and culture and values, and the brief reflected just that.”
In the vein of ECP’s ethos, the materiality and palette walked the line between sophisticated and a muted design that guides those inside to each space, instilling a sense of connectivity. The design encourages movement, as both Hammond and ECP reject the idea of being stationary in the workplace.
The boardroom resides right next to a domestic break-out room coined an “anti-space” that promotes relaxation. The shape of the project’s floorplan allowed this flexibility to exist, and Hammond embraced the possibilities it entailed.
“The floorplan has a very unorthodox shape to it, almost like an eye shape, which is not the most efficient layout. But that’s okay, as making the process challenging allows it to be more interesting, which in the end, gives you the best design outcomes,” says Hammond.
Curved forms dictate the space due to its layout, and in turn, the repetition creates sculptural settings that promotes an elegant social space for business and functions, events and relaxation.
And both ECP and Hammond Studio worked strongly with sustainability in mind, utilising recycled and recyclable materials throughout. “Being a company that supports sustainable initiatives and sectors became an overarching theme in the design. So, combined with sustainability and the aspects of the brand, it led into the functionality of the space.”
Sustainably sourced, the aesthetics utilised materials such as limestone that grounded the open-spaced kitchen, bronze and navy accents that coalesced with the art, and the rock maple timber found on wall and ceiling finishes pulled Hammond Studio’s vision together.
“The aesthetics and the finishes are definitely drawn from the company branding. And a key feature is the repetition of the rock maple wood on all the features that exemplifies the spaces welcoming nature,” says Hammond.
An essential embellishment to the space is the beautiful artworks by contemporary Indigenous artist, Otis Hope Carey. Three of his artworks add the final touches to the design, and as Hammond states, “It was wonderful to have a client that saw the value in original artwork, particularly supporting Indigenous artists. It’s great to work with artists like Otis, whose contributions add a whole other dimension to the project, which in the end makes it all the more unique.”
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