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Friday 16 Aug 2013
Landini Associates brief was to restore the former Collingwood industrial warehouse into the new T2 Headquarters, putting new life into an old building.
Throughout the building, timber beams, columns and brick walls were sandblasted to bring back their original finish whilst a few scuffs and marks are kept as a remembrance of its history. This was contrasted with T2’s trademark dark, streamlined palette.
Perceived constraints were turned into an advantage, exploiting various levels within the warehouse while designing a unified space. With the street frontage lower than the general entry, the public is welcomed into the space through an oversized steel framed pivot door into a double height space. Led by concrete steps, guests are greeted by an oversized T2 logo lit by incandescent light bulbs. To the left of the entrance is a Tea Bar/reception, an informal place to stop, drink and chat to guests, personifying T2’s identity. This space also acted as the trial concept for T2’s latest tea-retailing concept T2B, which similarly features a large cast concrete bar and Tea Library.
While the rawness and industrial experience is continued upstairs in the tea making, tasting workshop and CEO’s office, a completely different colour palette is employed. Here a white, clean space encourages light and nature to enter the room through the opened windows.
The development marks a new era for T2, providing an innovative and functional office space that reflects a deep understanding of culture, urbanity, and of course, celebrates the centuries-old art of tea-making.