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Aickin Chambers

Location:
Melbourne
Type:
Office
Year:
2015
Interior Designer:
Carr Design Group
Photographer:
Peter Clarke

The brief for Aickin Barristers Chambers was to redefine the concept of what a legal chamber could be

 

Juxtaposing history with innovation, the chambers emphasises the cultural significance of the profession. The library, which is elegantly curated with books (some dating back to the 1800s), surrounds a virtual reception, a screen on entry enables visitors to touch a picture of each barrister to let them know they have arrived.

Visually arresting, the boardroom is contained within a glass box. Switchable I-glass and LED light, ensures the boardroom can have full privacy and discretion when required.

The new fit out also includes a lounge,  secretarial work areas, and team amenities such as breakout kitchen and shower.

- See more at: http://www.carr.net.au/portfolio/aickin-chambers/#sthash.dtBtHqLw.dpufReinforcing the contemporary philosophy of the collective through a design that is transparent and open, while emphasising the historical significance of the legal profession with the physicality of books.

 

Juxtaposing history with innovation, a virtual reception and futuristic boardroom surrounds a library.

The brief for Aickin Barristers Chambers was to redefine the concept of what a legal chamber could be.

Juxtaposing history with innovation, the chambers emphasises the cultural significance of the profession. The library, which is elegantly curated with books (some dating back to the 1800s), surrounds a virtual reception, a screen on entry enables visitors to touch a picture of each barrister to let them know they have arrived.

Visually arresting, the boardroom is contained within a glass box. Switchable I-glass and LED light, ensures the boardroom can have full privacy and discretion when required.

The new fit out also includes a lounge,  secretarial work areas, and team amenities such as breakout kitchen and shower.

- See more at: http://www.carr.net.au/portfolio/aickin-chambers/#sthash.dtBtHqLw.dpufThe brief for Aickin Barristers Chambers was to redefine the concept of what a legal chamber could be.

Juxtaposing history with innovation, the chambers emphasises the cultural significance of the profession. The library, which is elegantly curated with books (some dating back to the 1800s), surrounds a virtual reception, a screen on entry enables visitors to touch a picture of each barrister to let them know they have arrived.

Visually arresting, the boardroom is contained within a glass box. Switchable I-glass and LED light, ensures the boardroom can have full privacy and discretion when required.

The new fit out also includes a lounge, secretarial work areas, and team amenities such as breakout kitchen and shower.

Barristers’ chambers may typically be handsomely appointed, but as a profession steeped in strict tradition, they are rarely creatively or artistically designed. Imagined by Dan Cox of Melbourne’s Carr Design, Aickin Chambers is hardly Google HQ, but with an interesting, artistic installation of wine-hued leather bound legal texts, the office is at once sincere and smart.

Prior to the redeisgn by Carr, Aickin Chambers was poorly lit, with an unimaginative boardroom and inadequate acoustics. Reception was cold, unapproachable and confusing, and had to be manned by one of the barrister’s executive assistants, which was not a part of their role description.

The brief was to create a new public face and central hub that would reveal the chambers’ values of integrity, intelligence and innovation. Carr Design engaged in a deeply collaborative process with each of the 14 barristers.

Reception was reworked as an entirely virtual concept. A digital screen enables visitors to touch photographic faces of each of the barristers to let executive assistants know they have arrived. This area is then encircled by legal texts – an elegantly curated selection, some dating back to the 1880s. Books are artfully displayed in neat rows of mustard and mahogany along fine plated steel shelving.

“The chamber contained an extensive collection of legal texts, some over a century old. While we rationalised the collection, it was still considered a key tool of the chamber,” says Cox. “The colour and richness in materiality saw their inclusion as a key design statement. Positioned on arrival and contained within a bespoke steel bookcase, the unit was designed to be recessive to books it holds.”

The boardroom is an arresting, bright glass box inserted into the existing shell – a modern centrepiece, and a neat contrast of old and new set against the library installation. Switchable i-glass and LED light enables full privacy for the boardroom when required. At the flick of a switch the outside glass is turned off, signifying confidentiality and focus.

Rather than seeing a complete lack of natural light as a restriction, Carr completely redesigned the lighting scene. Reception is softly sincere, sophisticated and intimate, while an LED frame highlights boardroom activity.

“The traditional format of the chamber was challenged, while each barrister maintained their own private suite, the public spaces were reimagined,” adds Cox

 

The brief for Aickin Barristers Chambers was to redefine the concept of what a legal chamber could be.

Juxtaposing history with innovation, the chambers emphasises the cultural significance of the profession. The library, which is elegantly curated with books (some dating back to the 1800s), surrounds a virtual reception, a screen on entry enables visitors to touch a picture of each barrister to let them know they have arrived.

Visually arresting, the boardroom is contained within a glass box. Switchable I-glass and LED light, ensures the boardroom can have full privacy and discretion when required.

The new fit out also includes a lounge,  secretarial work areas, and team amenities such as breakout kitchen and shower.

- See more at: http://www.carr.net.au/portfolio/aickin-chambers/#sthash.dtBtHqLw.dpuf

The brief for Aickin Barristers Chambers was to redefine the concept of what a legal chamber could be.

Juxtaposing history with innovation, the chambers emphasises the cultural significance of the profession. The library, which is elegantly curated with books (some dating back to the 1800s), surrounds a virtual reception, a screen on entry enables visitors to touch a picture of each barrister to let them know they have arrived.

Visually arresting, the boardroom is contained within a glass box. Switchable I-glass and LED light, ensures the boardroom can have full privacy and discretion when required.

The new fit out also includes a lounge,  secretarial work areas, and team amenities such as breakout kitchen and shower.

- See more at: http://www.carr.net.au/portfolio/aickin-chambers/#sthash.dtBtHqLw.dpufThe brief for Aickin Barristers Chambers was to redefine the concept of what a legal chamber could be.

Juxtaposing history with innovation, the chambers emphasises the cultural significance of the profession. The library, which is elegantly curated with books (some dating back to the 1800s), surrounds a virtual reception, a screen on entry enables visitors to touch a picture of each barrister to let them know they have arrived.

Visually arresting, the boardroom is contained within a glass box. Switchable I-glass and LED light, ensures the boardroom can have full privacy and discretion when required.

The new fit out also includes a lounge, secretarial work areas, and team amenities such as breakout kitchen and shower.

 

 

The brief for Aickin Barristers Chambers was to redefine the concept of what a legal chamber could be.

Juxtaposing history with innovation, the chambers emphasises the cultural significance of the profession. The library, which is elegantly curated with books (some dating back to the 1800s), surrounds a virtual reception, a screen on entry enables visitors to touch a picture of each barrister to let them know they have arrived.

Visually arresting, the boardroom is contained within a glass box. Switchable I-glass and LED light, ensures the boardroom can have full privacy and discretion when required.

The new fit out also includes a lounge,  secretarial work areas, and team amenities such as breakout kitchen and shower.

- See more at: http://www.carr.net.au/portfolio/aickin-chambers/#sthash.dtBtHqLw.dpufThe brief for Aickin Barristers Chambers was to redefine the concept of what a legal chamber could be.

Juxtaposing history with innovation, the chambers emphasises the cultural significance of the profession. The library, which is elegantly curated with books (some dating back to the 1800s), surrounds a virtual reception, a screen on entry enables visitors to touch a picture of each barrister to let them know they have arrived.

Visually arresting, the boardroom is contained within a glass box. Switchable I-glass and LED light, ensures the boardroom can have full privacy and discretion when required.

The new fit out also includes a lounge, secretarial work areas, and team amenities such as breakout kitchen and shower.

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