Harnessing a shared affinity for nature, Daniel Boddam Studio has transformed landscape design practice Wyer & Co’s Botany warehouse into a workplace sanctuary awash with verdant landscaping, natural light, sustainable materials and locally crafted furniture. After working with Wyer & Co creatively for many years, Daniel Boddam Studio was invited to collaborate on a ‘creative hub’ for the practice; a place that would feel natural, calm and uplifting. The sustainable and naturalistic ethos of Wyer & Co resonated with the design team, who developed a language centred around authenticity and sustainability.
Embedded in Botany’s industrial context, Wyer & Co’s dark steel and red brick warehouse is softened by verdant, layered landscaping. Along the boundary, existing linear garden beds are retained with mature Trachycarpus fortunei craned into the ground and reduce the scale of the building, while at the entrance, a large masonry planter holds a striking Phoenix reclinata palm, framing the building’s oversized steel doors.
Sandblasted limestone pavers flow effortlessly from exterior to interior, where a conservatory-style gallery welcomes visitors and presents a canvas for client presentations, industry events, talks and workshops. A series of bespoke, honey-coloured plywood cabinets articulate project material displays, fostering a constant connection to Wyer & Co’s design process, while a large Phoenic roebelenii mirrors the tone of the exterior planting, its fronds reaching towards the skylight above.
Following Daniel Boddam Studio’s pursuit of simplicity, the workplace interior embraces a restrained yet textural arrangement of natural materials. Expressed hoop pine plywood, Tasmanian oak, walnut and sandblasted limestone create a warm base palette, subtly embellished with cork and brass accents.
Locally designed and made furniture features throughout the fitout, with many pieces derived from Daniel Boddam Studio’s own collections. Custom pots fabricated in mild steel and finished in clear powder coat lend an industrial feel to the interior. Complemented by furniture, ceramics, art and decor from small-scale and local artisans such as Armadillo, Alison Frith, Clementine Maconachie, Lara Hutton and Sarah Nedovic Gaunt, Wyer & Co connects with the broader design community.
The result is a quiet and considered interior that harmonises with the Australian landscape and celebrates the artisanal; a testament to simplicity, comfort, calmness and wellbeing. The synergetic pairing of the two practices gives rise to a responsive and nurturing space reflecting the designers’ shared reverence for nature and interest in connecting people to place.