Sparke Helmore Adelaide

Project Type:

New Office Fitout





Sparke Helmore Adelaide is a continuation of the evolution of Sparke’s spaces across Australia. Yet again, embracing the National Design Guidelines created during the pilot project for Sparke in Canberra the space gives the same persistent aesthetic combined with local drivers and responses to the architectural envelope and location.

Traditional materials detailed in a modern way were implemented to be reflective of the respect and longevity of the brand. From the decorative marble reception style to the polished plaster wall as a back drop to the contemporary signage and brass details, the materials show both elements coming together. As a reflection of the proud Australian history the firm represents, the timber panelling, lighting details and meeting tables all have ‘gum flat’ as their chosen finish.
The greatest challenge and success of the project was linking an internal reception and arrival space with the amazing views of the Adelaide Oval on the perimeter. To achieve this, the glimpses of excitement and activity happening in the breakout space create intrigue and draw staff and visitors to what may be. Along the way is an art wall that introduces the visitor to some interesting local art. Once opened into the breakout hub – the heart of the organisation – teams, visitors and staff can work together, take a break or socialise. This space is really the centre of all and has inspired many staff to return to the office and once again connect.

Sparke Helmore are a well-respected, proudly Australian law firm with multiple locations across Australia.
CIA Designs worked in a strategic manner to implement and add to the Design Standards set out for the Canberra office pilot project, which reflect the dynamic culture and values of the organisation.

The main architectural challenge to the brief was the need to provide natural light and outside views to both collaborative spaces and private offices. Firstly, all offices have been kept off the perimeter with open plan workspace areas spread around the external façade. This removal of built form on the perimeter allows light to flow to all. To further allow for the spread of light, most offices incorporate three sides of glass, meaning acoustically they are private yet visually they are connected to one another and can benefit from the wellness aspect of access to natural light and views.
The outcome of the space is one which has been wholeheartedly embraced by all levels of the organisation and is yet another example of a national brand that is also respectful of local constraints and needs.