Melbourne-based law practice, KCL Lawyers, has embraced a new direction and BRM Projects was there every step of the way to smooth the path for a successful outcome.
As a multi-service provider BRM Projects was perfectly placed to initiate and oversee all facets of the move from the property search for the new premise, documentation and interior design of the internal renovation, to the project management of the build and the physical relocation of staff.
For KCL Lawyers, a full service law firm based in Melbourne, this year presented change in every sphere. With a re-branding and move to new offices, 2017 is a red-letter year for the practice and its clients.
With such a large transition at hand, KCL Lawyers contacted BRM Projects to help achieve their vision and streamline the many processes that would be required. As a multi-service provider BRM Projects was perfectly placed to initiate and oversee all facets of the move; from the property search for the new premise, documentation and interior design of the internal renovation, to the project management of the build and the physical relocation of staff.
With such a large transition at hand, KCL Lawyers contacted BRM Projects to help achieve their vision and streamline the many processes that would be required.
From the lift lobby the main reception area on the principal level is visible through the glass entrance doors that showcase a decal of the eye-catching geometric logo of KCL Lawyers. The colour palette of the interior is warm and fresh with pale, honey timber battens featured on walls and in joinery, light grey polished concrete floor, white walls and acoustic ceilings and accents of black in carpet and detailing. A large square reception desk has been placed at the entrance and behind this there are groupings of easy chairs, sofas and tables in muted greens and terracotta for visitors and clients to sit and relax.
BRM Projects has delivered a design that incorporates comfort, creativity, innovation and value through spatial versatility and optimum use of space.
Beyond the meeting rooms the balance of the spatial plan of this level is given over to the general workspace. Offices for partners have been placed along the perimeter of the floor, each with glass façades and side panels to encourage light. The use of glass in the offices ensures that privacy is retained but also affords visual connectivity with staff who work in the open plan areas outside as well as the partners in the adjoining offices. Three utility areas punctuate the floorplan on this level and service the day-to-day working processes that include photocopying and storage, and there are shelving units along the corridors outside each office.
The project presented challenges but through innovative design thinking the outcome is a contemporary, multi-functional office that meets the diverse needs of a modern-day law practice.
The ‘café’ is flanked by a meeting room for eight people on one side that features a striking pendant light and an extended floor to ceiling shelving unit on the other. The unit showcases an eclectic variety of coffee and tea pots painted white however, with a nod to the unconventional, a section of the shelves is actually a door that swings open to reveal a ‘secret’ meeting room complete with large round conference table, fully upholstered chairs and even a shelf filled with a variety of whiskeys for celebratory occasions.
With a vision for long-term occupation, BRM projects challenged traditional conventions and placed a strong importance on flexibility and multi-purposed spaces and the result is a sleek and modern environment and most importantly a happy client
Of paramount importance is the integrity of carpentry, materials and furniture finishes. Through their expertise and high-level experience, BRM Projects has ensured that their vision for KCL Lawyers has been perfectly executed to provide form, function, utility and comfort for their client, and it’s a fine starting point for KCL Lawyer’ new direction.
Property search, interior design and relocation management
Ireland Brown/IB Projects
Size: 2100 sqm
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Photographer: Hannah Caldwell