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Work drama: Lechte Corporation by Plus Architecture

Plus Architecture has delivered a dramatic workplace interior fit-out for Lechte Corporation, bringing a moody palette and residential-like touches to life.

The new office fit-out for residential development company Lechte Corporation presents a rich and textural palette – but beneath the finishes is a rigorous approach to space planning.

Set in a challenging and compact site, the team at Plus Architecture worked the petite 135-square-metre floor plate to bring maximum results. The final design layout is broken up into nine distinct but connected zones, featuring open workspace, a boardroom, three offices and kitchen, which all flow from the reception and banquette seating. Part of the planning process was factoring in the confines of the site, including car parking on two sides with a residential lobby on the third – this was overcome in the planning phase, again maximising the available space wherever possible.

A statement element within the whole fit-out is the bold reception desk. The stark geometries carved in the natural stone create a lasting first impression, in turn setting the mood for the rest of the workplace.

Key to the project is its rich material palette. Drama and sophistication have been added through the selection of monochrome colours, paired with black metal and hints of tan leather. A feeling of classicism is seen through the repetition of the panelling, both along the walls and the glass. In the entrance white vertical slats break up the darker wall colour seen throughout.

To ensure the office functions effectively yet maintains its clean, minimalist appeal, storage has been widely and cleverly integrated. Office equipment and clutter are kept out of sight within these concealed spaces, which also bolsters the overall feeling of spaciousness that is critical within such a tight space.

The overall effect is in line with a high-end residential project, a deliberate move to align Lechte Corporation to the residential development work that the company is known for.

Photography by James Greer.

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