The Commercial Interior: Workplace & Retail category reviews the interior paint finishes of any commercial or industrial building such as offices, studios, factories, retail outlets, pop up shops and shopping centres.

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Abbotsford Office, March Studio

Architect: Rodney Eggleston

Image credit: Peter Bennets

Located in North Melbourne, March Studio have designed their own studio to test colour and pattern. Colour has been used to transform and contrast the deep concrete tones and lack of natural light, creating a multipurpose environment of creativity and collaboration.

Upon entering the foyer of the building, one is greeted with a ceiling of Orchid Orange that compliments both the colour and texture of the existing shutter board concrete and timber partitions. Making your way upstairs, the Orchid Orange is continued and paired with a simple Vivid White, applied to the existing block-work walls. The investigation of colour continues throughout the office from the respecified venetian blinds to the repainting of the existing steel structure in a complimentary and very 70’s Woodland Brown.

At the heart of the project lies the double height workshop that can be viewed from the office above on all four sides. Pivotal to the project are the Memphis-style graphics that fill the workshop space, designed by graphic designer Anne-Laure Cavigneaux and painted by sign writer, Martin Boyle. The mural includes hints of the paint colours already used in the project as well as bright yellows, deep reds and cool blues that reflect the colours of the era when the building was designed.

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