One of Melbourne’s leading infrastructure companies, Plenary, has a new home at the Rialto that is a celebration of craftsmanship and refinement to reflect their workplace culture and values.
To create this revolutionary space, Plenary appointed Woods Bagot, an international architectural firm with a team of over 850 experts – leaders in their industry (and rightly so). ‘We place human experience at the centre of our design process in order to deliver engaging, future-oriented projects that respond to the way people actually use space’. Due to their global reach, Woods Bagot use the latest in technology and design to aid their collaborative model.
The brief for this new office fit-out was to ‘provide a hospitality experience while celebrating Plenary’s evolving city-making role and connection to Melbourne’. The main idea for the office was to enhance the client experience, which is reflected in the entrance. Woods Bagot created a personal, engaging and inviting space for clients to take in the impressive Melbourne views showcasing Plenary’s acclaimed public infrastructure projects.
Natural materials were used throughout the office to promote warmth and to create a relaxing aesthetic. ‘The furnishings and overall design give the impression of a high-class residence, rather than a workplace’. One of ASH’s customer’s, Sculptform, create highly customisable modular systems for architectural projects like Plenary. The Plenary Office utilised Sculptform’s ‘Click-on’ battens using two different timbers to create opposing texture and grain.
GoodWood Victorian ash was used for the 32×32 ceiling battens and was stained using Porters Palm Beach Black. GoodWood is the optimal choice for staining due to its consistent grain and colour. Offices with high foot traffic require a quality material that will not deteriorate over time, GOODWOOD Victorian ash is not only beautiful, but is also a dense, predictable specie that is a reliable choice for architects and designers.
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Architect – Woods Bagot
Builder – Harris HMC
Batten System – Sculptform
Photography – Shannon McGrath