Swisse Vitamins: esoteric courtyard

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Swisse Vitamins Office ♥ Collingwood, Victoria ♥ 2011-2012


Swisse Vitamins is an Australian company with head office located in inner city Collingwood.

I Heart My Garden designed an esoteric central courtyard with brooke.

Review from The Age, 25 April 2012:

Makeover for dated office, by Stephen Crafti

Open-plan areas, more natural light, and an attractive central courtyard have given Swisse Vitamins’ Collingwood office a new lease of life.

While the rendered facade is still recessive in the streetscape, the greatest impact comes after walking into the entrance, lined with plywood and Formply joinery. The ceiling in this area was deliberately lowered about 2.4 metres to accentuate the courtyard in the centre of the two-storey building. Completely open to the sky, with most of the offices looking onto this space, it has a meditative quality.

Landscape designer Matthew Dux, who created the courtyard garden, was briefed to create a hybrid between a Zen-like Japanese garden and a productive area that contained plants such as limes and strawberries that go into the vitamins used by the company. Although not literally part of the company’s production process, the produce is picked by staff during their lunch break.

The courtyard, simply framed by glass walls, doors, and louvred windows, provides the core of the stripped-back design.

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