地点：澳大利亚，布里斯班（Brisbane QLD, Australia）
照片版权：Christopher Frederick Jones
来自建筑师的介绍。Cox Architecture 近日精心改造了他们在布里斯班的工作室，创造了一个充满自然光线的现代创意工作空间。这个项目最大的挑战是设计出一个既适合 Cox 现在的工作方式又能够适应未来工作模式的办公空间。其次，Cox 希望借助该项目把他们在社会、社区、建筑、空间和材料上的理念付诸实践。
这些建筑的重要元素已经被隐藏了很久。建筑的内部结构基本完好无损。Cox Architecture 惊喜地发现并保留了其原本的木鱼骨结构和一系列的铁柱。剥去多余的砖
Cox Architecture 采用了民主和开放的方式来规划工作室，旨在迎合空间的多用性和合作性的双重需求。该建筑位于植物园
室内木质收纳柜也是设计评审空间，这些木柜贯穿了整个工作空间直至厨房，将创作过程透明化，展示给事务所内的所有员工。展示空间的尽头是讨论和休息室，包括一个虚拟现实空间、小会议桌和模型制作室。展示空间所用到的黑色木板、钢材和黄铜装饰是受到建筑历史的启发。这栋楼曾经是旁边 Smellie＆Co 铸造厂的仓库，铁柱曾是旧建筑标志性的元素。
这个改造项目总体而言尊重了建筑的历史的同时进行了新的创造，提升了设计工作室的功能性和品牌体验。Cox Architecture 认为这次改造完美地融合了当代设计与遗留下来的传统建筑。Cox 公司与当地的手工艺人合作，为这个独一无二的建筑创造了一个适宜的室内空间，为公司未来的需求提供一个经过深思熟虑的现代实践。
Text description provided by the architects. Cox Architecture have sensitively restored their heritage Brisbane studio, resulting in a modern creative workplace full of natural light. The foremost challenge was to design a space to suit both the way Cox work now and how the practice wants to work in the future. Secondly, Cox wanted to apply their wider philosophies about society, community, buildings, space, and materials to their own domain.
The refurbishment of the studio has taken Cox Architecture on a journey of exploration and discovery within a space they thought they knew well, having been residents of the building since 1998. Old Mineral House, originally built in 1890 is one of the few remaining Victorian buildings in Brisbane, serving as a rare architectural reminder of Brisbane’s industrial heritage. Its former beauty, only hinted at through the remaining original cornices and other detail, was buried under layers of partitions, carpets, paint and false ceilings, a result of decades of piecemeal conversions.
Significant elements of the building’s construction have been hidden for some time. Internally the building\'s structure is predominantly intact. Cox Architecture was delighted to discover and preserve the original timber fish-bone structure and a series of cast iron columns. Stripping the brickwork exposed a remarkable patina of color and texture that tells an evocative story of the building’s history, which is kept on-show as Cox add new pages to the story of Old Mineral House.
Cox Architecture applied a democratic and open approach to planning the studio, recognizing the dual needs of fluidity and collaboration within the practice. The building is positioned next to the Botanical gardens and the Brisbane River, and Cox has celebrated this proximity by providing uninterrupted views across the studio and through the heritage windows. The open kitchen, which serves dually as an informal gathering space and as a welcome space for clients, overlooks the most favorable aspect so everyone can appreciate the beauty of the prime location.
A 7m long dining table encourages a convivial atmosphere and provides an understated and family-like approach hospitality. The kitchen connects with the boardroom through a series of double height, glazed pivot doors, which creates a ‘Town Hall’ for events and staff meetings without isolating the space from the studio. New interventions are purposefully restrained to maintain the buildings’ original proportions and let its heritage be the hero.
A joinery spine that also serves as a design review space extends the length of the studio, connecting the practice through a collaborative and transparent approach to the creative process, inviting all to participate. The spine is bordered by co-working and break-out settings, including a Virtual Reality space, team tables and model making workshop. The new palette of black timber, steel, and brass detailing draws from the building\'s origins as a warehouse for the neighboring Smellie & Co foundry, as well as from the original and signature cast iron columns.
The overall effect is both respectful and transformative and elevates both the functional performance and the brand experience of the design studio. Cox Architecture say adding their own contemporary layer to the building has been a fulfilling collaboration. The practice has worked with local craftspeople to create an appropriate interior for such a unique building, providing for the future needs of a thoroughly contemporary practice.