The workplace for Mortgage Choice is located in Melbourne’s South Yarra district and was designed by Australian studio B.E. Architecture to be distinct from the company’s other branches and from conventional offices.
The studio aimed to achieved this result through the use of grey-rendered walls, dark joinery, silk carpeting and focussed lighting that replaces the uniform illumination found in typical offices.
Furniture featuring textured materials such as velvet, leather, wood and blackened steel provides a tactile element in each of the office rooms.
Lamps from brands including Artemide and Muuto, which are more typically specified in domestic environments, provide accent illumination to complement the warm and dimmable overhead lighting.
Elsewhere, an executive office and a series of casual conference rooms are segregated by steel-framed glazed partitions incorporating frosted glass panels that obscure the interiors while maintaining the office’s open feel.
“The finishes and furnishings are an eclectic mix that is less about luxury and more about creating a memorable space,” the architects explained.