According to the particular project requirements, DTB extends its’ architectural services to include the Interior Design elements, focussing on its’ structural, spatial, social and sensory experience.
Interior Architecture is the manipulation of the major building elements such as floors, ceilings, walls and staircases to provide the structural canvas for the overlay of fixtures, furniture, finishes, textures and colours that become the essence of the Interior Design.
In many instances the basic structural fabric and form (Interior Architecture) will be in existence and DTB will be required to work with these fixed elements to complete the Interior Design. For Laboratory projects this can include the coordination of complex servicing and other technical requirements into the Interior Architecture.
DTB strongly believe that the Interior Architecture and Design should complement the use and functionality of the space. The function of a space should be clearly read and easily understood. Whether it is the necessary clutter of a scientific space to the calm of a residential environment or race day stalls to allow the natural tones of the horses and the race day outfits to shine.
Lighting, both natural and artificial, are essential to the mood of an interior space. DTB specialise in detailing the fittings and fixtures to ensure that the sensory and visual effects of the space are carried through to the smallest item. Arriving late in the construction process, lighting can sometimes be compromised to save cost in the final phases of the building process. DTB will strongly support quality lighting due to its’ importance in the use and atmosphere of the designed space.
Multiple tools are used to convey the Concept to the Client and Stakeholders to aid in the spatial and sensory interpretation and understanding of the environment. DTB use 3D renderings & videos, mood boards, finishes selection boards, drawings, sketches and visits to suppliers or manufacturers to aid in the interpretation and presentation processes.
DTB continue to work on a range of building types and scales from residential refurbishment, office churns, new and reused educational spaces, highly specialised laboratory and scientific work spaces to large-scale sport and recreation facilities.
INTERIORS - Current
DTB are currently commissioned for a range of Interior Architecture & design projects.
As Architects and Interior Designers for the new Oxford Falls Grammar School Seniors Wing, which is currently nearing construction completion, we are playing close attention to the finishes as they are installed. Now that the functional spaces are apparent and the finishes beginning to complete the picture there is much excitement throughout the School fraternity. The double-height Multi-Purpose space, a portion of which is shared at Mezzanine level with the Seniors Private Study, is bathed in controlled natural light. Its’ potential for a host of activities previously unavailable to the School is now obvious.
Flexibility and controlled natural light have been key drivers in the Interior Design and finishing of the spaces. Learning areas over two floors can be combined over an entire floor into a single or multiple of four spaces which are also able to expand into the adjoining circulation space with its’ Creek Street atmosphere. Teachers are apparently relishing the challenges of the learning potential in such flexible and comfortable spaces.
The University of New South Wales is carrying out aesthetic upgrades to the public spaces of some of the older existing buildings. Aesthetic upgrade is concurrent with Accessibility and Compliance upgrades. The spaces include lobbies, stairwells, hallways, student recreation spaces, courtyards, roof gardens and amenities. Design & Documentation of Bathrooms for one building have been completed and approval is pending for the Finishes for the public areas, courtyards & BBQ areas of a Student Accommodation building.
DTB continue to design, document and act as contract administrator for the upgrading of individual aged care units for the Abel Tasman Village to high-care dual units. The progress of time, client requirements and changing legislation since the first upgrade has necessitated a review and adjustment of the original concepts including the strengthening of the principle to create individual character for each unit. Careful selection of Interior finishes not only enhances individuality but provides passive assistance to frail individuals to identify with their own spaces.
Concept design for the fit-out for a wide range of professional practices is at various stages of design and approval. Practices include; an IT office suite which requires workspace rationalisation and meeting space flexibility to accommodate a range of modes from regular Sydney based meetings to occasional whole Pacific region conferences; Laboratories with highly specialised and complex work environments needing to comply with a multitude of complex regulation but at the same time having to provide a comfortable human work place; Specialist doctors suites and alteration of interiors and furniture to resolve work health & safety issues in a tertiary education facility.
Brief development for Clients with highly specialised Interior environments such as laboratories and research facilities is an aspect of Interior Architecture that DTB have expertise. We are currently developing Briefs for multiple Stakeholder Groups at the National Measurement Institute to allow Tenders for the major reconfiguration of their current buildings. We are also writing a Generic Brief for a particular laboratory type to allow Tenders for regional locations.
DTB are the Architect and Interior Designers for select private residential clients within the Sydney Metropolitan and regional areas including Sutherland, Stanmore, Petersham, Avoca, Erskinville and Forster. These projects include new build, alterations and extensions and refurbishment within heritage conservation zones.
INTERIORS - Recent
The University of Sydney, Anderson Stuart Building Upgrade of lecture theatres, laboratories and research spaced has recently been completed. Located in the “Old Medical School”, a heritage building in use since the 1890’s, the Brief required new wet and dry anatomy laboratories, reinstatement of the Vesalian lecture theatre & ophthalmology research spaces.
The heritage spaces were required to be returned as far as possible to their original form with 21st century use, look and feel. Interior fittings – seating, lecterns, audio visual equipment were located free of the primary heritage elements which allowed the heritage to be appreciated in its’ unadulterated form. Carpet patterns were chosen carefully to respect the adjoining public spaces with their original checker-board pattern which gave continuity to the building as a whole. Interior colours and finishes were carefully selected for the specific uses of each space. The project was separated into six stages to minimise interruption to teaching & research activities, decanting requirements and budget considerations.
In addition to larger scale projects DTB Architects maintains a number of smaller projects in all Stages of Design through to Construction. Recently completed Interior projects include;
Acoustic upgrade to Sound & Skype Rooms at UTS,
Reconfiguration, WHS upgrade and Display capacity for the Plaster & Ceramics Rooms at the UNSW,
New Chaplains offices at Adventist Health Care, Wahroonga,
Refurbishment of Office & Model Assembly Areas, Faculty of Built Environment UNSW,
Redesign & Finishes selection for the bathroom suites for private CBD apartment,
Reconfiguration of Offices, meeting room and open work areas for UTS,
Reconfiguration of Offices for Head, Deputy Head and Academic staff at the UNSW Business School
After presentation to the Strata, the Concept design for the public spaces of an exclusive, large scale, harbour-front residential complex is now undergoing Strategic and Budget Planning. The Brief required re-evaluation of the Concierge functions, conversion of the existing spaces with their commercial atmosphere to more personable spaces befitting the entry to homes and provision of upgraded Concierge facilities to suite the evaluation of those functions.
DTB also recently completed Compliance Reviews of individual hospitality, tenancy designs in a major CBD heritage building which is currently undergoing substantial upgrading. Prior to DA lodgement for each of the tenants, each submission was checked by DTB for compliance with the strict and specific material and aesthetic codes that have been set for this important building and the local environment.
INTERIORS - Previous
DTB Architects has since its’ inception designed, documented and overseen the construction of a broad range of buildings and interior spaces.
DTB continues to specialise in heritage buildings, laboratories and teaching spaces often tasked for a combination of all three. Major clients include the University of Sydney, University of New South Wales and University of Technology Sydney.
Aged Care and Health also form an integral of DTB’s extensive portfolio and includes new, existing and adapted buildings, aesthetic and compliance upgrades and peer review.
Tabcorp Park, Menangle at $35million project encompassing the Grandstands & Paceway, retail, dining and catering, commercial kitchens, administration building and the race stalls all on a grand scale for 1,000’s of participants.
The project comprised a mix of new and altered spaces most of which needed to be complete in a tight time frame to meet the Harness Racing calendars’ prestigious Inter Dominion Finals (2012 – 2014). The architectural challenges included adaptive reuse of a heritage building, environmental initiatives to conserve and recycle and DTB’s own initiative to create special viewing platforms within the race stalls so that racegoers could view at close range, highly trained and excitable horses without disturbing them and without spoiling the racegoers race day outfits.
Abel Tasman Village – Residential Aged Care – Unit upgrade. As the individual independent living cottages become available, they are converted to dual high-care units within the new single facility.
The finishes and colours of each unit conversion are altered to reinforce the individuality of the units and create a non-institutional atmosphere. Individual colours and finishes aid the care environment by assisting the residents to identify their individual place. Practical challenges are the nuances of each existing cottage and the practical and legislative challenges of a high-care facility.
Abel Tasman Village – Residential Aged Care – Link Building. All twelve existing cottages were linked to an internal corridor thereby creating a single high-care facility while residents remained in their individual cottages. The building also contains three lounge/ dining areas and a nurses’ station. Designed as an internal “street” with the existing tiled cottage roofs and exposed brick facades penetrating the exterior wall. To reinforce the “street” atmosphere, street furniture and street lighting were included in the interior design.
Inner West Council – Fanny Durack Café – the Client’s signature finishes in other cafes were warm timbers. In lieu of a stainless steel café fitout, a recently felled tree within the park environment was treated and shaped and used to emphasise the transparent look and feel of the space.
St Vincent de Paul Society – Ozanam Industries – Consolidation and conversion of existing warehouses used as a packaging facility staffed by people with various disabities, to a modern, efficient facility with new lobby and meeting rooms, staff amenities and recreational facilities. Each warehouse space was treated individually to create a clear spatial break between work areas, break-out spaces, storage and loading areas.
Features of the employee work-space included impressive saw-tooth roofs, clerestory glazing, exposed hardwood trusses and beams which were all utilised to provide natural light, air and vistas. Low-lying “pods” became meeting places, each capturing glimpses of the space within which they were nestled.
Northern Haematology & Oncology Group were one of the first private consultancies to move into the new purpose designed cancer centre in the Adventist Hospital, Wahroonga. Their requirement was for reception, waiting, consulting, administration and storage rooms within the allocated space. While the fit-out needed to reflect NHOG’s own branding, there were also strict guidelines within the cancer centres’ style and mood.
Adventist Hospital Dalcross – Day Surgery & Rehabilitation. DTB Architects were involved in the transition of several medical services from Killara to the main hospital at Wahroonga. Thus creating the opportunity for Dalcross to expand their Rehabilitation facilities and capacity and to introduce a Day Procedures Clinic.
The Clinic required that the new entry lobby, reception and waiting areas introduce the new style that the hospital was creating for their masterplanning of the site. Clean, modern and reassuring were the key experiences that were to be conveyed. DTB utilised a series of “mood” boards to allow the Client and Stakeholders to arrive at their preferred choices.