Formally designed as a car dealership and showroom in the late 80’s showing good structural condition and a double storey car showroom, we decided to comply with the client’s brief through the addition of new elements and spaces rather than to demolish in order to alter the existing structures, as well as to fit in as many staff as possible within the building with optimum expenditure.
We decided to add new elements which would be a simpler and cheaper process, the majority of the new elements will be in steel; for speed of construction and lightness in weight. A majority of existing structures and spaces will be retained, and re-planned for their new roles.
As a result, the former showroom became new open-plan office with the addition of a mezzanine in steel. The former offices of the car dealership become rooms for back-of-house facilities, staff toilets and pantry. The only new building in this project is a single storey ‘container’ for conference and corporate events; its proportions and steel clad exterior alludes to the shipping containers which is part of the client’s business.