1 Martin Place is Macquarie Group’s recently refurbished workplace, expands on Macquarie’s portfolio of industry leading workplaces.
Central to the workplace design is the creation of highly flexible, team-based working environments which promote collaboration. This network of workstations also improves the flow of light, sightlines and creates an open space for visual management and informal meeting areas.
The project’s biggest design challenge was the construction of an atrium connecting all 7 levels within the core of the building. Our design solution involved creating a showcase feature in the corner of each level, including a theatrical space, filled with movement, activity, colour and texture. The void on each atrium level shifts position, providing platforms to accentuate the sense of activity whilst also contributing to the overall fire engineering strategy.
Connecting each level of the atrium is a jagged, Escher-like stairway in radiant purple. The backdrop to the stairway is an industrial palette of materials including raw concrete, cement sheeting, various timbers and exposed ceilings and services. Feature lighting changes gradually throughout the day, following a natural circadian rhythm, and can be stage-managed for dramatic effect during special events. An impressive collection of Australian artwork completes the space.
Adjoining the atrium on each level are a series of spaces tailored to a variety of dedicated activities. Each has a distinct expression and function; a completely flexible and ever evolving IT tech lab, a cinema, a library and games room. On alternate levels are staff serveries and break-out areas, designed to encourage collaboration.
Centrally positioned within the fitout is the L4 Café, the arrival point for external visitors and the social hub of the office, fostering connection and collaboration.