Architect: ARM Architecture
Installer: Bach Commercial
Categories: Offices, Project
Acoustic Engineer: Marshall Day Acoustic
Builder: Kane Constructions
Account Manager: Regan Williams
Kane Constructions is one of Australia’s most renowned and innovative construction groups, known for consistently pushing the boundaries in the building space. So when the brief for their new headquarters landed on ARM Architecture’s desk, it was clear the new space had to reflect their bold personality.
“Kane Constructions approached us because they were looking for a new workplace,” explains Tanya Hillman, workplace design lead at ARM Architecture. “They wanted to move away from the old styles of working to the new, more agile ways of interacting with each other and the space, which included creating neighbourhoods and non-allocated work positions. It was really important to them to build a workplace that would accommodate the wider team, including the employees who come back to the office in-between projects.”
Tanya adds that because Kane Constructions built the new edifice themselves, they wanted for the new space to really showcase their experience, expertise and capability. “Because of that, they gave us permission to design elements that were unconventional, a little bit more out of the ordinary,” she explains. ” As a result, a lot of the materiality and detailing is not what you would expect from a standard interior. The office boasts this unique architectural sensibility. And that was very intentional.”
Studio Ongarato came up with a stunning repertoire of graphics that told the story of Kane Constructions through a selection of visuals that—using an augmented sense of scale—illustrated some of the company’s most pivotal projects. The bespoke visuals were then translated by Autex Acoustics into acoustic linings that covered a significant portion of the internal wall and ceilings.
“These graphics were printed onto Autex Acoustics’ 6 mm Cube panels,” Tanya explains. “ Autex Acoustics has a fantastic printing potential and this project really enabled them to push the limits of their capabilities. Our design required for the graphics to be printed continuously across multiple panels, so we had to work closely with the Autex Acoustics team to ensure that we got the joints absolutely perfect. At the same time, we arched and cut the Cube panels to create curves and vaulted ceilings. It was far from a straightforward solution but everyone was really happy with the outcome.”
Autex Acoustics has always strived to help Architects and Designers push creative boundaries, and think outside the box when it comes to acoustic solutions. “Our efforts in this space really gained traction in 2021 when developing technology and expertise necessary to bring the most extraordinary concepts to life through digital print,” explains Regan Williams, National Development Manager, Autex Acoustics. This collaboration certainly shone light on the brand’s unwavering desire to push the envelope. “In combining bespoke imagery on intersecting curved ceilings, ARM Architecture’s bold vision further advanced our print capabilities and boundaries of what can be achieved” Regan says.
Shane Ryan, Bach Commercial’s project manager, adds that due to the curvature of the surfaces and highly technical character of printed designs, the installation didn’t come without its challenges.
“However, it was a highly rewarding project when viewing the final product,” he enthuses. “The partnership with Autex Acoustics was fantastic all the way through the project. As a team, we had to be quite fluid with our ideas to overcome the challenges presented in trying to achieve the consultant team’s vision for the space. I couldn’t have been happier with the final result and the collaboration with Autex Acoustics.” Regan echoes this sentiment. “We are extremely proud of our part in what is an incredible partnership, and a truly extraordinary design outcome,” he says.
As a result, the iconic vaulted ceilings at the new headquarters boast eye-catching graphics that showcase Kane Constructions’ most note-worthy projects, setting a new benchmark for what an authentic, values-driven office of the future looks like. Key to success? Teamwork and desire to challenge conventions, explains Tanya.
“This project really was all about pushing boundaries and collaboration,” she sums up. “Kane Constructions were very involved in the design and construction process, and all of the consultant teams were very hands-on. And I think that’s why the outcome was so superb—everyone was committed and shared the same vision for what would be a game-changing workplace fit-out.”
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