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“We worked with Teva’s local and international teams to develop a design direction that would work for Australia. It was a complex process but in the end we found that balance.”

– Elizabeth Kirkland, Designer Intermain

 

An international pharmaceutical group with a growing Sydney team, the collaboration with Teva involved a complex design process that would develop the group’s interior branding for Australia – all within a tight program of just nine weeks.

The brief from Teva focused on staff interaction and the connectivity between teams. Instead of predominantly open-plan work zones, traditional offices were preferred with the connection to their international offices supported by audio-visual technology in the boardroom and meeting rooms.

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“We worked very closely with Teva’s local team who hadn’t been through the design process before”, explains project designer Elizabeth Kirkland. “So we made everything we presented very visual. We did a sketch for each area and made sure it was really clear in terms of spatial planning and material selection.”

To counterpoint the private work zones, group training rooms, large breakout areas, collaboration spaces and booth seating reinforced interaction and a new staircase between the two floors opened things up even further.

“The vertical link became central to encouraging teams to work together. It was a struggle structurally because of its location”, remarks project manager Alan McDonald. “But in the end it worked out really well.”

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Joinery is key to the project with the choice of natural materials and colours providing a visual continuum between spaces. Highlights here include feature timber bulkheads, in-built booth seating and timber screens, and a series of collaboration points that create places for the teams to mingle.

“They love the space and how it works and the new breakout areas have opened up the workplace for everyone”, remarks Alan. “As soon as you walk inside, there is a really great feel.”

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