Although the building at 269 Pulteney Street began its life rather glamorously as a Dance Hall in the 1950s, prior to the commencement of this renovation project, it was in use as a dowdy retail warehouse distinguished only by its garish paint scheme – the glory days were well and truly gone.
The building was purchased in early 2006 by an established Adelaide business advisory and accounting firm with a view to converting the 1950s concrete-framed building into new offices. The firm, Hayes Knight, clearly saw the Pulteney Street site as an opportunity to engage in dialogue with the street and passers-by.
To offer the public, potential clients, a clear view of the workings of the firm and its human components. Substantially glazed on the street elevation, the design solution is a manifestation of this invitation to enter and engage.
One of the major challenges in this project was the introduction of natural light into the work space. The installation of the skylight into the raked ceiling above the open plan work space, allows light to be spread over a large area rather than confined to the central portion of the room.
In addition, the combination of glazing and screening on the Eastern façade, represents an aesthetic and functional fine-tuning resulting in a workplace with a high degree of amenity.
Hayes Knight Offices
Hayes Knight Service Trust