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 Stairway to Workplace Heaven

Stairway To Work place Heaven

1 MARTIN PLACE

When a client’s design ethos in the workplace is about openness and connecting people, it’s an excellent start and one that this financial client was keen to replicate across its three Sydney sites. Our strategic thinking directly supported these values, and drove the wayfinding and placemaking outcome across the seven floors of this office fitout.
 Stairway to Workplace Heaven
 Stairway to Workplace Heaven
 Stairway to Workplace Heaven

THE CLIENT’S IDEA OF BEING A LEADING CREATIVE WORKSPACE FORMED PART OF THE DESIGN’S INTENT. KEY TO THE BRIEF WAS CONVEYING WARMTH, SURPRISE AND A DISTINCT SENSE OF PLACE.

A significant part of the project at 1 Martin Place was the introduction of a staircase which became the hero of the project and the its main point of connection across all seven floors. Our challenge was to create cohesion in a complex and architecturally designed environment that could support the client’s vision for the building as a collaborative and flexible working environment for staff.
 Stairway to Workplace Heaven
 Stairway to Workplace Heaven
 Stairway to Workplace Heaven

WE CREATED AN OVERLAY OF SIGNAGE, GRAPHICS AND PLACEMAKING PIECES WHICH COULD BOTH UNIFY AND ACTIVATE THE OVERALL SPACE.

Taking a human-centred approach, we investigated the worker’s day to day experiences to ensure their needs were addressed throughout the project. We designed identification and graphic treatments as well as built forms to serve as placemaking features, punctuating the spaces in thought provoking, yet synergistic expressions. We also set out to design clear and concise wayfinding which would allow people to find meaning through exploration and discovery of the space.
 Stairway to Workplace Heaven
 Stairway to Workplace Heaven
 Stairway to Workplace Heaven
 Stairway to Workplace Heaven

SHIFTING THE WORKPLACE’S RELATIONSHIP WITH CREATVITY PROVES HOW PLACEMAKING AND WAY-FINDING HAS POTENTIAL BEYOND PURE FUNCTION

The comprehensive way-finding and placemaking strategy complements the architectural confidence of 1 Martin Place while serving to engage staff and seamlessly connect the space’s seven floors. Signage elements are brought to life with the same visual language that tie in with the central hero staircase. The space commands a different way of working, in sync with the needs of its workers. There is no mistaking its message yet the result is intuitive, warm, human - even surprising - such as the flashing neon word displays and a large scale digital clock that are standout examples of typographic form integrated into the space.
 Stairway to Workplace Heaven