Volume 11

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Knorr Bremse, the world’s leading manufacturer of braking systems for rail and commercial vehicles, recently completed construction of a 3-storey office building, in which Crest was appointed the office fitout.

Client Brief

Knorr Bremse were after a fresh and professional look for their newly constructed office space, which runs parallel to their manufacturing warehouse. The 3 levels and 4 separate spaces were to accommodate 195 staff in total.

Creative Solution

A crisp and corporate reception overlooks the warehouse, giving insight into the business upon first entrance to the building. Most of the office spaces also have views of the warehouse, creating a sense of interaction between the office staff and manufacturing staff.

The fitout ranged from board room and meeting rooms, to offices and workstations and breakout areas, with the design elements kept simple throughout to emphasise views of the state-of-the-art warehouse.

A perfect balance of storage to workstations was used, not only for the functional aspect, but also as an acoustic treatment to the open plan nature of the building.

Client Reaction

Knorr Bremse were very pleased with the outcome of their offices, with Crest having channelled the ideas put forward into the perfect balance of functionality and aesthetics.

So satisfied with the results were Knorr Bremse, that they then granted Crest the fitout of their Adelaide offices of 70 staff. Knorr Bremse are also looking towards the prospect of having their Western Australian offices fitout by Crest also.




Breakout areas are often thought of as a place for staff to grab a coffee and a bite to eat, but with so much technology in today’s office, breakout areas are evolving into informal meeting spaces as well as a relaxing lunch spot.

A breakout space has many benefits in the modern day workplace, from increasing staff morale, to boosting the creative juices and improving the health and wellbeing of staff.

The new-age breakout area can consist of a variety of seating styles from casual lounges and seating, to bar stool benching and café style tables and chairs. This allows staff to choose a space that suits their needs, a quick coffee at the bar, lunch and the newspaper at the café, or a long break lounging in style. This array of options is beneficial to the health and wellbeing of staff due to the comforting environment it generates and by providing the opportunity to take a break from the computer screen.

Again, the use of a selection of furniture, in particular soft seating and ottomans offer staff a place to meet which is much less formal than the designated meeting room. A relaxing and inviting space can encourage the interaction of staff, even those from different departments, as well as team-bonding situations. These aspects are important in keeping staff morale at a high and in turn increasing productivity.

Offering a place for a staff member to escape their desk, a change of setting, even just for a few minutes, can help to clear the head and is conducive to getting the creative juices flowing. This means that your staff can eventually get more work completed; a positive for your workplace.

The breakout area isn’t necessarily a nominated lunch room, rather a zone designed for shared use by all staff. These casual areas provide benefits crucial to businesses and their staff.




‘Activity Based Workplace’ is a concept that has become more prevalent in office design; aimed at providing various work style options within the office environment to improve flexibility and efficiency in the workplace.

The ‘Activity Based Workplace’ is about more than just desk sharing and an open plan office space. It is about creating a workplace that provides your staff with options for where and how they want to work, offering choices and flexibility rather than dictating the work process.

An ‘ABW’ utilises the notion of the open plan workplace, with the minimum requirement of enclosed offices and meeting rooms and increased informal zones which include hotdesks and shared spaces. This actually provides more spaces within the office, with a balance of ‘dedicated’ desks for staff and areas where people can meet and communicate ideas in a casual manner.

These collaborative meeting areas, increase the interaction levels between staff and can be setup in various ways; with seated or standing options, open or closed areas, to quiet and calming or energetic and vibrant areas. Often, they are dispersed throughout the office to accommodate all staff, as opposed to having one centrally located bank of meeting rooms.

The ‘Activity Based Workplace’ is a cost efficient design option and a great way to encourage flexibility and collaboration between your staff members. It is said that employees with a high access to flexibility are 3 times more likely to be satisfied with their jobs than those with low access; and we all know that happy staff improves productivity.


For more information, to make an appointment with a salesman
or to visit the showroom, please contact Crest.
Phone: 1300 761 247 or email: sales@crestinteriors.com.au