Williams Burton Leopardi’s Adelaide Studio
Key to the success of a designer or architect’s own studio design is the consideration of functionality in conjunction with the realisation of their aesthetic. The space, more often than not, relies on representing the core values of the practice: how to define one’s visual identity.
The design of Adelaide architecture and interior design practice, Williams Burton Leopardi’s new studio, completed earlier this year, encapsulates and reflects their philosophy to beautiful effect.
Fitting out a 300 square metre studio in Adelaide’s four-storey heritage, “The Darling Building”, the design strategy focused on salvaging and recycling pieces of the 1916 build, with the designer choosing “to touch as little as possible and as much as necessary”.
Original materials including hardwood floors and exposed beams were restored and included in the conceptualisation, providing a rough and masculine palette against which feminine details could be added to achieve a sense of balance.
Feeling more like a European social hub than a workplace, the sophisticated design of the new open-plan Williams Burton Leopardi studio offers employees an opportunity to gather together or unwind alone between the central coffee bar and old-school materials room.
Encouraging interaction and the blossoming of creativity, the space succeeds in supporting the flow of people and ideas by establishing visual connections. It’s an energy that many architects and interior designers strive to create, and here, Williams Burton Leopardi has realised it with an artful grace.