Melbourne-based architecture and interior design studio
The scheme draws on the building’s history stemming from 1888, unfolding with a sense of drama that pays homage to the original architect, William Pitt, and his famed theatres in Victoria including the Princess Theatre, King’s Theatre and His Majesty’s in Ballarat.
“The project focuses on the movement and experience of going to the theatre,” explains Carr’s Senior Interior Designer, Bonnie Hamilton. Spaces are staged and sequenced to conceal and reveal – a series of operable dramatic curtains allowing users to veil and unveil areas as clients are guided throughout the building.
Carr describe movement on the client floor as one that flows in a curving, organic manner, obscuring lines of slight and creating a sense of exploration in the ‘front of the house’. The ‘on-stage/off-stage’ narrative is a reference to not just theatre production but also the professional persona of lawyers as they move from the stage in court and client meetings, to off-stage on the work floor or office.
The scheme manages to strike a perfect balance between drama and a deep sense of calm. The colour palette features rich-blue and olive-green tones, offset with natural finishes and neutral shades. The industrial language of free form concrete is softened by softly curving shapes and the use of spotted gum timber that brings warmth to the scheme while complementing the adjacent colour palette. The procession through the interior is deliberate is dramatic, with colour used to create impactful arrival before it softens in the rest of the spaces. The rich dark blue of the curtains fades out to a softer colour as one moves through the labyrinth of curves, creating an unexpected ombre effect.
“With a higher frequency of working from home, the office was to become a place to meet and socialise,” explains Carr Associate Nicole Coutts. Situated on level 37, the Assembly space spills out to an outdoor terrace, capturing arresting views across Melbourne’s skyline. “The Assembly is activated as the heart of the project, enabling teams and clients to interact in an inviting and informal environment. Blurring the lines between workplace and hospitality through its amenities and materiality, this highly flexible social and eventing space offers a memorable client and staff experience,” says Coutts.
The majority of workspaces are located on level 36 designed to be dynamic and collaborative while balancing the need for high focus tasks. Planning is modular, with all offices and small meeting rooms designed with flexibility and future needs in mind. Throughout the workspace, flexible work points and touch down areas have been included, addressing the rapid changes in the workplaces needing to provide a versatile mix of options for individuals and teams alike.
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