Working with a long-established client, the brief went outside of the normal requirements for a fitout and challenged us to deliver a truly multifunctional space that could provide a fresh work environment with space for large board-meetings, as well as smaller client meetings and casual team events.
Central to the design was the context of the heritage-listed building and the existing bones, which had been thoughtfully restored earlier. The building offered amazing vistas from windows in all spaces – giving city and mountain views and an ever-present connection to the outdoors.
The fitout elements were carefully designed to sit lightly within the space, with subtle layering of materials to soften it and to provide a warm and welcoming aesthetic – all the while paying attention to not impact on the heritage building. Our design addresses the many types of meetings, presentations, and gatherings that will help to enrich the Australian Unity business and its users. As the central communal space merges from more formal meetings to champagne and information sessions, the furniture changes to enable theatre seating and cocktail tables.
Acoustics and AV integration was critical to allow all spaces to deliver comfortable, practical, and user-friendly solutions – and we worked closely with suppliers and consultants to ensure these elements were integrated subtly into the design. The spaces feel welcoming and take the office environment to the next level for the client; supporting their company values and helping to build culture.
Photography by Mindi Cooke