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Island Workspace

An Island Workspace blending together a relaxed contemporary style with material references and styles from the local vernacular of Mauritius.

  • Type Workspace
  • Location Mauritius
  • Status Under Construction
  • Size 250m2
  • Year 2021
Island Workspace
A relaxed working and meeting area with natural materials; thatch screen roof, timber slat screens, timber floor and rattan lights.
Island Workspace
Perspective Overview

An Island Workspace

An Island Workspace blending together a relaxed contemporary style with material references and styles of the local vernacular of Mauritius. We have completely renovated two existing buildings to create tranquil office working areas and meeting rooms with informal working and meeting space.

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Photograph of building two exterior.
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Example of Mauritian campements with reed walls and vetier and sugar cane thatched roofs.
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Example of Mauritius colonial style buildings with vetier blinds to screen the veranda.

A Unique Vernacular Heritage

Mauritius has a particularly unique vernacular heritage which reflects the traditional design, colours and decoration of Oriental, African and Western styles, ranging from the last vestiges of colonial Creole architecture to windswept seaside campements. The seaside campements have walls made of ravenala palm leaves and vetier and sugar cane thatched roofs. Corrugated metal roofs have become more common than timber or thatch, which we have on this pair of buildings which had exposed insulation internally. We have added thatch screening to the roof internally to reference the campement style.

Island Workspace
Existing metal staircase to a small mezzanine is wrapped in a timber screen.
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Main office space with meeting rooms, with natural timber flooring and thatch screens to existing metal roof.
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Rendered plan of both buildings.

Site Organisation

The project is split over two existing buildings which are stone faced with corrugated metal roofs. The building are reconfigured internally so that one building houses meeting rooms and office desk space, with a kitchenette. The second building has one open relaxed working space using timber slat space dividers and furniture to create meeting rooms and client spaces with display screens, a larger kitchen and tea point allows for overspill to the outdoors where there is an existing pergola.

Island Workspace
View from dining table / meeting room towards kitchen which is screened off with timber slat space dividers, hung from an existing beam.
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View inside pitched meeting room.
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View of building two casual meeting space, natural timber flooring, rattan light fixtures and a mixture between new and vintage furniture to create a comfortable working environment.

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