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Catholic Diocese Office

Newcastle, NSW

The Catholic Diocese of Maitland – Newcastle office is a light filled open plan workspace arranged to
comfortably fit 74 staff within limited space. A feature LED lit beam serves to define the main workspace from the circulation zone within the large former funeral chapel. External breakout spaces facilitate informal discussion and connection with nature, and informal team meeting and lounge areas allow a range of functions. An external staircase enclosure of polycarbonate provides a calming light filled interstitial space between the car park entrance and the office setting, and ensures luminance is not lost to the adjacent windows.

Colour is used as a wayfinding technique, by colour blocking various spaces; the meeting rooms all have a distinctive colour theme from the carpet, to the chair upholstery and pinboards. The repetition of timber, patterned tiles, details and black framing ties the project to a cohesive whole. We’ve created nuanced design features within a limited budget and constrained site to great effect, delivering a fresh, practical, aesthetically desirable place in which to work and thrive.