Emma McGifford Associate
Emma believes that collaboration is key to the success of a project.
Positioned in the heart of the Sydney CBD, 155 Clarence Street offers 12 floors of office space, complimented by heritage features and an art deco façade dating back to the 1930’s.
GroupGSA were engaged by the landlord as part of the building upgrade, to renovate the interiors of three vacant floors – including one full spec fit out, and two warm shells.
The completed suite presents a clean, easily adaptable, ‘move-in ready’ aesthetic intended to attract and inspire tenants looking to be apart of a dynamic workplace environment located in one of Sydney’s landmark buildings. The warm shell offering invites those looking for a blank canvas, who may require a more bespoke workplace design.
Having recently completed the Eucalyptus fit out on levels three and four, the team were well versed with the base build requirements and building specifications.
Originally built as a functioning warehouse, the design takes cues from its original identity – accentuating key features such as its brick façade, internal mushroom columns and curved façade.
External brickwork was mimicked internally across the lift car threshold to strengthen the character of the building and unity for the floors.
In a celebration of its base build, the lighting designer and Group GGSA worked closely together to light up the heritage ‘mushroom columns’ to bring warmth to the space. The feature columns were all exposed with built deliberately positioned towards the core to maximise views across the floor plate – creating symmetry and shape.
At the centre of the floor is a large boardroom framed by double curved glass with dark floor to ceiling finishes to create contrast to the remaining palette and maximise the feeling of space. Unique to this this fit out is the boardroom location, adjacent to the communal areas and designed to command attention as a central hub, but also promote transparency and connectivity across the space.
With the exception of 10 smaller to medium style meeting rooms around the perimeter of the floorplate, minimal internal walls were constructed – this ensured the space is flexible and adaptive for tenants and their evolving working styles.
A dynamic curtain system was installed on suspended tracks that separate the work floor from central collaboration spaces. This creates opportunity for users to have more control over the way they work, which is more important than ever in this post covid world.
Following the success of the project GroupGSA were appointed to provide interior design services to the building’s lobby, café, and end of trip facilities.
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