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Case study: Kernel Property

Case study: Kernel Property

by Paul Mead
Article published 2019Estimated reading time 2 minutes

Kernel Property, based in Sydney, sources premises and manages commercial office fit-outs for tenants. With an extensive track record of working for national law firms, Kernel has witnessed the legal sector in Australia slowly but surely adapt its workplaces to become more open and collaborative.

Paul Mead, co-founder of Kernel, explained the importance of the company’s own workspace in providing his team with an inspiring place to work and also demonstrating to clients the possibilities of alternative thinking in workplace design.

“We wanted a signature place that would inspire everyone who walked in. Our space tells our clients who we are and what we stand for. We have created the most flexible space possible. Our monitors are mounted to a cable tray connected to a four-wheel drive winch that, at the press of a button, raises to the ceiling. Our desks fold up, allowing us to fit 80 people seated for seminar events and more for more social events. With a view over the harbour and balcony, we often lend the space out to charities and associations for events.

“We have proactively used as many recycled materials as possible, be it old scaffolding boards, off-cuts of steel, unwanted light fittings or furniture. We encourage our clients to recognise the value in the materials they already have and reuse what they can in their new premises. This reduces the cost of the fit-out and helps reduce the volume of material waste going to landfill.”

Recycled and flexible

The entire space is constructed from recycled and reused materials. With the desks removed, Kernel can seat 80 people for presentations and many more for social functions.

Heart of the building

With up to 100 visitors a month, it’s a busy office. First-time visitors remember their experience. Upon exiting the lift, they find themselves safely immersed among the operational machinery running the building.

Refreshing views

This hidden gem has views over Circular Quay and Sydney Harbour Bridge, with a shaded balcony providing outdoor meeting space and fresh air to the office.

Office drama

By day and night, the views over the harbour are ever changing. The industrial internal structure, exposed building services and raw finishes are an inspiration to Kernel and its clients.


Paul Mead is the co-founder of Kernel Property based in Sydney. Paul has held various senior positions in building surveying, project management and tenant representation. Paul has a BSc (Hons) in Building Surveying and is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a Member of the Association of Project Management.


This article featured in Exchange Issue No. 1, which explores the future of the workplace sector with architectural discussions, developer interviews, industry expert essays, design case studies and more.

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