Challenge

WMK were tasked with translating Space&Co's well established design aesthetic of raw and exposed into a more premium offering at 8 Exhibition Street.  This new experience saw WMK create the guiding concept of Raw/Refined.  The intent was to maintain the Space&Co DNA (Raw) but juxtapose it against more refined elements.

In addition to the concept design challenges, the initial project cost from the successful tenderer Plan Group came in well over budget; therefore the project team conducted extensive value management process in which we managed to keep in the major design elements.  This process put pressure on the fixed program and delivery of the project. 

Solution

WMK maintained key raw elements within the space such as the common area floors and ceilings but balanced these with refined elements such as plush carpets, soft leather furnishings and the soft lustre of stainless steel. 

Through a collaborative relationship between WMK and Plan Group, we were able to reduce the total cost to within the budget whilst maintain the key design elements which were important in upholding the Space&Co's identity. 

Outcome

WMK successfully balanced the raw with the refined, delivering a project that has since exceeded Space & Co's expectations for the site.  In addition to this, the project was delivered on time and on budget.