Simone Carter Associate Director
Simone is an Associate Director, responsible for leading our Melbourne Interior Design Team. She has worked on a diverse range […]
The studio design gives a subtle nod to Melbourne’s creativity and charisma with a warm and eclectic colour palette. GroupGSA have delivered a workplace design for their Melbourne Studio which delivers a flexible and stimulating working environment to inspire a multitude of uses. The variety of spaces and modular furniture enable staff, to work, collaborate and host a variety of people and activities – from client presentations to design talks and in-studio yoga.
The 277sqm fit-out occupies the top floor of 145 Russell Street, a boutique 5-storey office building located on the edge of Melbourne’s bustling Paris End, on the intersection of Bourke and Russell Street. Home to GroupGSA’s Multidisciplinary Studio, the space cultivates a culture of creativity for our Architecture, Interior Design and Landscape Architecture teams.
Melbourne is known for its culture, charm and street art, with many laneways and buildings decorated with colourful and creative murals – the studio design gives a subtle nod to Melbourne’s creativity and charisma with a warm and eclectic colour palette.
On arrival, visitors are met with bespoke Terrazzo floors and pops of colour, expressed through furniture choices such as the pale pink boardroom table, forest green feature walls and a striking terracotta brick wall which provides a backdrop for design reviews, a sound barrier and offers an element of privacy to the open plan studio.
Another important aspect of the design is the incorporation of natural elements, such as greenery and natural light. This has been shown to have a positive impact on employee well-being, reducing stress levels and improving mood. The character of the building has been embraced, and its sleek steel frames windows (with views across the city) have been replicated in the boardroom, providing transparency throughout the space.
The design uses locally sourced suppliers and materials, environmentally sustainable materials (carbon positive cork), biophilic design principles (connections to nature, views, plants), collaboration, agile working (desk sharing) and diversity in work settings. Several key pieces of furniture were reproposed from the previous fit-out including planters, tables and the distinctive pink lockers.