Principal Jeremy Bull and advertising and marketing director Tess Glasson, each of Alexander &CO, have been at all times occupied with buying the home subsequent door to their Bondi Junction property, ought to it ever come up on the market. When it lastly did 10 years later, they noticed a uncommon alternative to purchase the property and convert this right into a workspace of types.
‘We have been in search of business properties, and we thought we don’t understand how this can work, however let’s purchase it and construct a home “factor” that we are able to use to point out shoppers by means of, and supply a working from residence HQ/showpiece,’ says Jeremy.
That was the preliminary plan, however with Covid normalising extra unorthodox working preparations, Tess and Jeremy determined to make this their crew’s everlasting enterprise headquarters.
‘It’s a home, it’s a residential showcase, and a working from residence HQ. Broadly our workforce strikes out and in, works from residence, and is available in as they should,’ explains Jeremy.
The area can be used for business occasions, and sometimes for entertaining out of hours by Jeremy, Tess, and their 4 kids who spill over from their home subsequent door!
Works commenced on Alexander Home in February 2020, which noticed the earlier home on web site changed with a brand new four-storey inside behind the unique facade.
The ground plan now incorporates an open-plan with banquette seating to accommodate the follow’s crew of 24; a voluminous basement space with workstations and supplies; breakout areas for conferences and quiet work; and three bogs. There’s additionally extra ‘wellness’ facilities, comparable to a steam room, out of doors bathe, ice tub and pool.
As principal architect of the challenge, Jeremy’s imaginative and prescient was for a ‘protected area for reflection, experimentation and to nurture the inventive spirit.’ This idea is mirrored within the interiors, which incorporate quite a lot of prototypes, reimagined works from earlier initiatives, bespoke items created in collaborations with native craftspeople; and never-before-seen materials functions.
A small pattern of those embody a sequence of out of doors furnishings made along with Re. Studio Collective utilizing recycled constructing waste from the unique constructing and a rammed earth approach; the primary ever use of Lutyens Bricks from Pure Brick Co; customized furnishings by Hugh McCarthy and Athol Wright of CDF Studio; and lighting pendants made in collaboration with Shaun Dudley of The Lighting Guild, together with a seven metre lengthy pendant that connects all 4 ranges.
‘The home is type of a random menagerie of issues we’ve at all times needed to personal for ourselves,’ says Jeremy.
Among the many numerous influences referenced all through are outdated chapels and church buildings, with their tonal palettes, double-height volumes, and limestone and sandstone partitions that seem to erode away over time. The monolithic pink concrete desk by Concrete Bespoke (which weighs 500kg and was craned in to the area) can be related in kind to an altar.
‘Though falling below one story or narrative, every of the rooms is sort of particularly totally different by way of strategies, supplies and particulars,’ Jeremy says.
Sustainability was one other key consideration, leading to two underground tanks with a complete water storage of twenty-two,000 litres; a photo voltaic system that generates as much as 45kWh of energy every day; a Tesla Powerwall battery; and two underground Subpod worm farms processing as much as 30 litres of meals waste weekly.
Total, the largest ambition of this challenge lies in its deliberate ambiguity. Not merely a stunning challenge, Alexander Home is an architectural showcase – a purpose-built live-work arrange aiming to problem preconceptions of residence, household, and work.