Our client’s new headquarters in Sydney enjoys a quiet understated quality where attention to detail is paramount. Material selection was integral to the concept and the representation of the client’s brand. Timber is used throughout the fitout presenting a raw and honest contrast with contemporary and original elements; a reflection of the client’s culture of stability and entrepreneurship.
Timber wraps around the building core in the lift lobby; a strong contrast to the art deco characteristics of the base building, creating a distinct identity that clearly positions the client for differentiation.
Services on the building core are concealed, with fire doors and storage discretely and seamlessly integrated with the timber wall panelling. The exceptional and innovative joinery detailing reflects a high performing, boutique organisation.
Blackbutt timber is used throughout on both the floors and wall panelling. It’s chiselled appearance in the wall panel reinterprets the grain and sits in contrast to flooring. This ‘Chiselled’ affect is achieved through layers of individual horizontal timber block of various dimensions. Each timber piece is held in position through grooves to the rear panel; no mechanical fixings are used. Wall panels are meticulously installed to ensure they are level over the entire length of the wall cladding.
Within the reception, the ceiling and block-like marble counter are sliced by timber framed sliding spatial divider screens, which allow for a flexible environment.
While the client was not specifically targeting an ESD accreditation, we approached the project with sustainability principles in mind. Natural materials were used where possible keeping the robust, timelessness of the fitout in mind.