Newcastle Architecture Awards – 2020 – Commendation for Interior Architecture
Commercial, Workplace, Interiors
Spanning two levels in the Project Gateway building in Newcastle’s revitalised west end, the DFK Crosbie new workplace showcases the firm as an innovative, collaborative and progressive team, focussed on delivering peace of mind for their clients.
Commercial interior design for a modern, professional business needs to tick a lot of boxes. Comfortable and healthy for staff. Welcoming for clients. User-friendly with spaces for collaboration and individual work. Agile, light and airy, exciting. Even fun!
The new workplace for DFK Crosbie meets all these and more. Spanning two levels in the Project Gateway building in Newcastle’s revitalised west end, it showcases this professional services firm as an innovative, collaborative and progressive team, focussed on delivering peace of mind for their clients. One of the most important aspects we considered was how the team use space. From structured to collaborative workspaces, flexibility was key. Moveable walls, soundproofing and clever furniture allows meeting rooms to reconfigure and accommodate everything from formal training sessions to casual catchups, catered stand-up or even theatre style events. Private spaces and meeting nooks enable conversations or independent work.
Collaborative areas use a mix of low and stand-up tables for max flexibility and whole walls can be used as whiteboards. State-of-the-art technology including fast Wi-Fi, monitors, microphones and phone systems blend seamlessly throughout, with an online booking system for reserving spaces. Floor coverings made from material such as recycled rubber help delineate areas while minimising noise. Mats and natural timber are also used to create a warmer feel. Natural light is maximised as each area flows into the next. Indoor plants and an outdoor area contribute to a healthier, inviting work environment. The finished interior design is an adaptable workspace with room to grow, where both workers and clients feel at ease and productive.