Architect: Woods Bagot
Location: 5 Martin Place, Sydney
Work completed by Active Metal
Structural steel stairs, structural steel support beams, stainless steel suspension rods, full height 3 level portal frame, timber veneer cladding to portal, timber treads, glazed balustrades, level 1 smoke fins, harness raptor rails, glass security gates, timber soffit, timber stringer cladding, stainless steel posts, stainless steel handrail, stainless steel spider fittings
Impressive from the moment you walk through the doors, Challenger Limited’s Sydney headquarters is certainly not your stereotypical dull and dreary office space. Built to connect their workforce of over 600 staff, the fitout has been designed to take full advantage of the large central atrium with adjoining communal spaces and meeting rooms.
Complementing and connecting the agile and collaborative fitout are the stairs. Seemingly suspended in space, this 4 level staircase is little short of a work of art, as much as it is a feat of engineering. Active Metal engineered and assembled the full structural steel portal and support beams in their factory before breaking it down and piecing it together on site. With over 10 tons of steel sections expertly reassembled onsite, Active then completed the beautiful finishes including all the timber veneer joinery to the stairs and portal and the stainless steel and glass balustrades. Of note are the stainless steel suspension rod and bush assemblies that assist in the suspension of the stair flights.