Walter Brooke Studio Fit out


Walter Brooke and Associates


AIA SA Award for Interior Architecture for Excellence in Interior Architecture

Australian Interior Design Awards, Shortlisted Workplace Design Category

DIA SA Silver Award for Built Environment, Commercial Category



The synergy of contrast

The new fit-out of the Walter Brooke Studio was an exciting opportunity to showcase our talents. On entry to the studio it serves as an immediate physical invitation for clients to engage with our work. The notion of contrast was central to the design concept and that theme runs through everything from the colour palette, to the spatial planning and materials selected.


The use of black and white helps to delineate spaces and a series of lines and boxes is used in lieu of walls to articulate zones for meeting, collaborating, working and eating. Such sharp geometry might appear overly controlled for a creative space but in practice it serves to push people into interactive zones. Joinery is used as the framework for the space, rather than walls, which ensures it is flexible as requirements evolve over time. It also creates a transparent environment that encourages clients to connect with the inner workings of the studio.

The theme of contrast follows through to the materials. Textural materials that are more commonly found in domestic spaces- such as marble, render, wool, fur and velvets- pop against the black and white commercial surfaces. Marble is used to make a bold statement and demonstrate to clients how effective it can be to challenge the norm in office design.

The addition of a roof terrace was a significant change to the existing building. The outdoor space is used as a meeting and recreation space, and to host functions. It provided an excellent opportunity to incorporate strong elements of nature into the overall design. We collaborated with plant stylist Emma Sadie Thomson to create a sculptural element of soft planting to form a hanging garden.

The challenge with this project was to resist the urge to overdesign; to create something timeless but, at the same time, visually compelling and functional. The result is a living, working monument to what we can achieve.

Evergreen Cafe

Keystone Adelaide

Evergreen Community Precinct

Arup Adelaide

Lockleys Oval

Sôl Bar and Restaurant

Tribeca Bowden

Soi 38

St Paul’s College Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop Building

Pilatus Southern Hemisphere Headquarters

Land Services SA Workplace

iTL Restaurant

Cadence Bowden

Mitsubishi Headquarters

Kildare College Tullow Centre

Plympton International College

Schuss Ski Lodge

Kooyonga Golf Club

Morphettville Park Sports & Community Club

Apex Park


Oakfield Lodge

Port Adelaide Office Development

Rescue Retrieval & Aviation Services Base

Education Support Hub

Beau’s Pet Hotel

LHI Community Centre


Oak & Iron Tavern

Kildare College Brigidine Centre

ECH Encore Apartments

Access 2 Place Kidman Park

Du Wu Gang Park Redevelopment

Residential Tower

Adelaide Airport 30 Year Vision and Business Precinct

The John Bray Centre for Performing Arts

Eos by SkyCity

Rider Levett Bucknall Office Fitout

Walter Brooke Studio Fit out

Twenty Third Street Distillery

Salisbury Command Fire Station

Cerbis Ceramics Adelaide Showroom

Austral Bricks Showroom

Pulteney Grammar – Centre for Senior Learning

Pulteney Grammar School Performing Arts and Senior School

Adelaide Oval Redevelopment

Australian Federal Police Headquarters

ViTA – Training Aged Care Rehabilitation Facility, Repatriation General Hospital

Beach Energy

Lynch Meyer

Adelaide North Special School

Carrick Hill Masterplan

Nest Bistro

St John’s Grammar Junior School Centre for Creativity

South Australia Institute of Sport States Sport Park Masterplan

Prince Alfred College Senior School Masterplan

Next Generation Clubs

The Village Pharmacy

Southern Cross Care Headquarters

Carmelite Site Masterplan

Adelaide Parklands Sports Infrastructure Masterplan

Prince Alfred College ANZAC Hall and Piper Pavilion

Auchendarroch House

Gays Arcade

Pulteney Grammar School Playspace

Navigator College Campus

Tenison Woods Catholic School Playspace

4th Generation Rehabilitation Centre, Repatriation General Hospital

Helping Hand Aged Care Northgate

Private Residence

Scotch College Boarding House

Errington Special Education Centre

Tenison Woods Catholic School Resource Centre and GLAs

Nairne Primary School and Preschool

Shenzhen Foundation Laboratory

Prince Alfred College Senior School

Mercedes College

South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service

Royal Flying Doctor Service Central Operations Headquarters

Solitaire Audi

15 Lancaster Place Office Development

Adelaide Football Club Westpac Training and Entertainment Centre

AAMI Stadium

Pulteney Grammar School MacKinnon Building