Charged with designing the new flagship fit-out of one of the world’s largest technology companies, Darlinghurst-based studio TomMarkHenry looked to its unique Sydney location for inspiration.
Set above the iconic Martin Place GPO, the new Microsoft Technology Centre required a client front of house space, a customer technology centre, as well as staff touchdown spaces. The brief to TomMarkHenry was to provide unique experiences in each space that not just reflected their specific use, but also ensured that they felt part of the overall design.
Traditional details found in the historic building were used as reference points throughout, as were the strong and varied palette of Australia’s natural colours. The repeated use of strong, undulating shapes throughout further accentuated this theme, creating bold workspaces that defy traditional office design norms. Local artists were engaged to create unique design elements, such as a bold mural wall by Melbourne-based designer Cassie Byrnes.
Fibonacci Stone’s ‘Abstrakt’ was specified for this exciting project, again showcasing its versatility and ability to work alongside a broad mix of materials. “We were drawn to the bold contrast and exaggerated scale of the Abstrakt terrazzo,” says Laura Ng, Interior Designer for TomMarkHenry. “Its monochromatic tones create a stable base for the room, grounding the vivid colours that wrap the rest of the space.”
“Our ‘Abstrakt’ stone is really becoming a bit of a rock-star in its own right,” says Fibonacci Stone’s Creative Director, Michael Karakolis. “It’s playful elements set into a sublimely gentle palette are proving to work just as beautifully in domestic projects as well as large commercial ones – it’s a great to see its potential being realised by designers.”
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Photography by Damian Bennett