At Base we love creating unique and exciting outcomes for our clients and for the people who use the spaces that we design and build. Where possible, we envision design concepts that push the boundaries of client and user expectations, overcoming constraints such as budget, program and site limitations. Our build team then work hard (with design) to make these visions a reality. We are always exploring and testing new options with product, materials and construction methods for ongoing innovation and the creation of bespoke spaces for our valued clients.
Stride is a mental health specialist leading the sector in early intervention and supporting those with complex needs. As a community-based organisation, budget for the new centres at Caboolture and Springwood was key. Base worked hard for the inclusion of cost-effective design features for the creation of a personal and welcoming space. Photo graphics were included to add interest and tangibility to the client and staff areas. The concept of including local imagery of nature and landmarks was given further meaning with the images being photographed by the General Manager herself of subjects of significance to the centres and their occupants. The images were further developed by our graphic designer and then applied as wall graphics to key areas to the delight of both visitors and staff – a simple and cost-effective idea that has added much to the intent and ambience of these spaces.
Headspace provides an essential service in the provision of support of young people with their mental and physical health. As a community-based organisation, funding for the extensive renovation of the Ipswich centre was a major consideration with the reuse of existing elements required to meet the restrictive budget. An existing wall decorated with spray-painted hands while dated was a significant historical element of the centre. It needed to be demolished to allow for the new and more efficient layout so a creative solution was required. The hands were carefully photographed and then painstakingly reassembled into a graphic image by the talented members of the Headspace team to save on graphic design costs. This was then produced into a wall graphic which features in the entry of the centre creating a fresh, vibrant and welcoming aesthetic for the visitors and users of the space.
Creating a beautiful space for Headspace, their clients and supporting the essential work that they do, was important to Base, despite budget limitations. Dated carpet tiles were swapped out with feature squares to co-ordinate with the refreshed colour palette, the existing reception desk was given a refresh with the application of a graphic film, feature walls were painted in the consult rooms and acoustic pinboard panel was used creatively for an additional splash of colour and fun. Collectively these elements have created a space that is as welcoming and appealing as it is functional, with the additional creative touches helping to brighten the lives of the special people who use it.
connect 7 art graphics
An existing recess over the foyer stair presented an ideal opportunity for the inclusion of something special to the Connect Hub at one of the Brisbane Technology Workspaces buildings – bespoke art. The creation of this was tasked to the emerging designers at the Griffith University Queensland College of Art Liveworm Studio, a unique commercial enterprise that gives students real world experience. The brief was extended to include a large featureless glass panel to the ground level foyer entry and the privacy film to the bifolding doors that separates the hub from an adjacent meeting room. The talented students produced concepts in line with the design brief provided by Base and the client, under the guidance of their experienced tutors. The chosen concept was selected for the strong themes of connection with community and the environment, and its’ engaging forms and colour palette. The installation has been an overwhelming success with the users of the space, creating an exciting and unique focus while embodying the intent of the project as a whole – connectivity.
connect 7 feature panel
The upgrade of the existing ground level foyer was included as part of the works for the creation of the Level 1 Connect Hub for BTP Workspaces at Brisbane Technology Park. A previously unappealing and underutilised area, the intent was to create a space that was beautiful, inviting and useable. With budget, functionality and durability a key consideration, it was decided to use the serviceable commercial material that is currently utilised in some of the building tenancy suites. An intricate model of panels of varying thickness, angles and directions was designed, carefully documented and painstakingly built with concealed lighting to further enhance the three-dimensional effect. With integrated seating, the stunning outcome has set a new precedent for the foyer spaces in the park, acting as a focal and meeting point for tenants and visitors alike. It is a great example of the perfect balance of creativity and functionality where a commercial fit-for-purpose material has been used innovatively for the creation of something unique and beautiful to be enjoyed by all.