A former chocolate factory within Melbourne’s industrial sector of Huntingdale has been transformed into the inspiring new Head Quarters for Australia’s beloved breakfast and snack brand, Carman’s. A hub to welcome employees and consumers alike, the innovative design reinvents wellbeing within the workplace, while cultivating an environment that stimulates creativity and collaboration.
Echoing the wholesome and nourishing soul of the brand, the 5000 sqm state-of-the-art building is set across three levels, complete with a breezy outdoor conservatory that illuminates in the evenings, along with a communal landscaped garden and retreat to promote walking meetings with a side of Vitamin D. There’s also a contemporary, open-plan kitchen that provides a gathering space for staff, alongside eclectic storage solutions. “We worked with Carolyn to create an approachable space, a design that was more familiar in a residential setting. It was important for her to inject a ‘homely’ feel – a village for employees to feel comfortable and inspired.”
▼屋顶的温室和景观花园，the breezy outdoor conservatory with a communal landscaped garden
▼一个平易近人的、像家一般亲切的空间，a village for employees to feel comfortable and inspired
Welcoming Carman’s neighbours, the ground floor features a public retail offering and adjoining café, fit with a cascading ceiling plant installation that uniquely waterfalls from the first workspace level. This striking feature was made possible by carving an opening in the ceiling to create a connection between the offices above and the public space below. It was important to consider Carman’s relationship to its community throughout every step of the design process.
▼首层空间的零售店和咖啡厅， the ground floor features a public retail offering and adjoining café
▼带有绿植的天花板装置从二层“倾泻”而下， a cascading ceiling plant installation uniquely waterfalls from the first workspace level
▼咖啡厅座位区，seating area of the cafe
An array of existing spaces have been converted into a fully equipped gym, light-filled yoga studio, sleep retreat, phone booth, and ‘prep’ room where employees can relish in some quiet time or utilise hairdressing and beauty tools to freshen up. Meeting rooms are enclosed by glass in open spaces to achieve the ideal balance of privacy and transparency.
▼开放空间内的会议室以玻璃围合，meeting rooms are enclosed by glass in open spaces
▼会议室内部，interior view of the meeting room
A tactile material palette layered with lush greenery, local art pieces and a diverse collection of Carolyn’s personal interior touches reinforces this nod towards residential design, while black metal glazed partitions and exposed concrete flooring are contrastingly modern.
Project size-2497 m2
Site size-4836 m2
Key products used:
Carpet – Gibbon Group
Terrazzo slab benchtop – Signorino
Feature terracotta tile – Academy Tiles
Solid timber to joinery – Aus Timber – Vic Ash
Timber Veneer – Briggs veneer
Tapware – Astra Walker
General Lighting – Light Project
Workstations – Zenith Interiors
Ceramic Tiles – G-Lux – Maison