Indigenous culture and the local environment were key elements of the design conceptualised by the Carr team for the refurbishment of the Department of Health office in Hobart.

The natural materiality of the fitout not only adds warmth to the interiors but also reflects the inclusive and timeless culture inherent in the office. Drawing inspiration from the native flora and fauna, Indigenous culture and art, and Hobart’s food, wine and arts scene, the workplace is designed to be light, bright and welcoming to all.

The surrounding landscape including the expansive views to Mount Wellington influenced the palette and textures used throughout the project, resulting in a natural connection between the verdant greenery outdoors and the timeless aesthetic within, thanks to the use of muted colours.

The client’s brief for the Department of Health Hobart office required the designers to create a culturally respectful and inclusive workplace that recognised the Traditional Custodians of the land. Elements of Indigenous culture included a commissioned print in the foyer, and a selection of furniture and fabrics that support Indigenous communities. ‘Connectedness’, the foyer mural by Krystal Hurst represents the inter-connectedness between people, their aspirations, and the natural world.

In tune with modern work environments, the flexible layout allows the staff to work from anywhere at any time. The choice of Planex xLocker2 products for the office is also aligned with this flexibility – Planex’s steel locker system is an innovative personal storage solution recommended for agile, activity-based working environments. The client chose the locker system in recognition of Planex’s collaboration with Lucy Simpson from Gaawaa Miyay.

The Hobart office also features a central ‘teapoint’ for employees to get together as well as various focus spaces and collaborative settings. Soft textural materials address acoustic considerations, while the existing furniture has been retained and reused where possible.

The Department of Health Hobart office is also the first project by the Government to integrate the New Ways of Working methodology.