An architecture studio’s own office generally offers an insight into the aesthetics and philosophy of its work – that is certainly the case with Pitch Architecture and Development’s new space in Richmond.
September 5th, 2019
Taking up residence in a former industrial warehouse building in Richmond, Pitch Architecture and Developments (Pitch AD) has turned a hard shell into a soft and tactile workspace. The commercial warehouse had sat as a storage facility for some time, a timely reminder of the areas industrial past, but it had so much more potential. Key to the project’s success is in the reshaping of space to ensure ample natural light could flow deep into the cavernous space. This has been achieved through the insertion of a large cylindrical void, which lets light flow into the main office area.
The space has been divided into a series of spaces including areas for working alongside a large kitchen, games room and shared relaxation area – the latter two inclusions speaking to the engrained philosophy and character of Pitch AD as a company.
Wanting to inject a new life into the original building, Pitch AD brought an adeptly soft touch through the material palette – namely raw birch plywood, offset by natural stone and muted colourways. While elements of the building’s past peek out, including raw brick edges and an exposed ceiling, these are softened by the birch ply and sisal flooring. Adding additional layers below the feet, the general workspace is elevated on a plywood plinth.
The project showcases Pitch AD’s contemporary workspace, tempered with personality and history. Functional while instilling a sense of collaboration and creativity, Coppin Street studio brings the practice’s own approach to life. The result is a space that is all at once relacing and contemplative while being conducive for work. The new fit-out and its materials will continue to age alongside the already well-aged building shell.
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