Dibbs Barker

The original design for Dibbs Barker's 3600sqm Sydney office was completed in 2000. The first project was motivated by the merging of two very successful Sydney law firms. The success of the merger and workplace drove a further expansion of the clients operation in 2002. arnoldlane was engaged to design an additional 1000sqm of office space to achieve a total net lettable of 4600sqm.

From our involvement in the original project and ongoing involvement with the expansion of the organisation, arnoldlane developed and maintained a strong relationship with the company based on mutual trust and rapport.

In 2009 we were asked to present a new design for the upgrade of the existing client areas to reflect a new corporate identity. At the time the company was renamed Dibbs Barker ( Formerly Dibbs Barker Gosling and Dibbs Abbott Stillman).

Our involvement as lead designers on the first accommodation project gave us the advantage of understanding the original design concept. We understood the key elements of the design that needed to be retained to be sympathetic to the original design concept while being able to identify those elements that could be removed without compromising the original. With this knowledge we achieved the optimum outcome for the client, a refreshed contemporary design sympathetic to the original. This correlated well with the history of the Dibbs Barker partnership and provided their clients with a level of continuity and history at a time when the organisation was being rebranded.

A well executed original plan and "timeless design" that incorporated design classic furniture like the Tulip Chair, enabled arnoldlane to re-fresh and reactivate the client areas without major change or disruption. The existing design concepts of fluted timber veneer walls and ceilings inspired by the spines of law books were retained and refinished. Original branding concepts were re-imagined and updated while new lighting, fixtures, fittings and original artworks completed the update. The partners and staff were responsible for the selection of the new artwork from Artbank in an effort to engage staff with art that resonated.

This project is a good example of how original timeless design and concept can provide strong financial benefits to a client by extending the longevity of a fit-out and reducing the need to relocate. Extending the life of a design and fit-out also reduces the impact of interior architecture and construction on the environment.

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