Payne Design – Caporn & Young
We spoke to Sam about this job, his designs and what we need to see in Perth’s urban landscapes.
What was the design brief for this job?
The brief for this job was to repurpose the warehouse and create an office space that reflects Freo and encourages a fun work culture amongst staff, whilst adhering to a modest construction budget. We also wanted the design to showcase Caporn Young as a progressive company who are doing things differently, this tends to be a pattern that we see with all our clients and it is very refreshing!
What inspired you or what did you draw on?
With the project located in the West End of Fremantle we drew inspiration from the port and the Fremantle aesthetic. We utilised a lot of raw and natural materials to mesh with the existing warehouse structure and reflect the youthful character of the company.
Name a couple of career highlights or events that stand out for you?
I have recently stepped into the position of Vice President with the Building Designers Association of WA. My aim is to encourage the growth of our younger designers and build awareness about all of the great work that building designers are contributing to the built environment.
Where do you like to hang out in Perth?
Our office is directly opposite the juicy beetroot so there, other than that the working week is jam-packed with meetings and site visits so a quick stop at a quirky cafe which has good coffee in an interesting space is always welcomed. For us the weekends are strictly no work and are all about family and friends. Where possible we try and head down south, I think it is important to connect with nature, sometimes we don’t realise how lucky we are that Perth allows us to easily pack up the car and achieve this.
What do you think Perth’s urban landscape need?
Densification of infill to create a city which is more accommodating to the human scale, with increased amenities and less strain on resources. Further to this I think we need designs, which are more sympathetic to their environment. This can improve how they are received by the public and ensure the successful longevity of these projects.