Evoking a sense of social meeting in the workspace, the stair design in Gilbert + Tobin’s Melbourne office organically facilitates agile collaboration and breaks down the formal barrier between the law firm and the client.
Gilbert + Tobin is a tier one Australian law firm providing commercial and innovative legal solutions for ASX 100 leading companies, major infrastructure, government and public authorities across Australia and around the world. As an international leader in M&A, private equity, capital markets, competition and regulation and technology and digital, the firm was awarded the 2019 Financial Times Most Innovative Law Firm in Asia- Pacific. Gilbert + Tobin is also a foundation signatory to the National Pro Bono Aspirational Target.
Consolidating the Melbourne office to the classic corporate landmark 101 Collins St, a place where many influential companies headquarter. Not only is 101 Collins St a formidable address, but it also offers intuitively refined services and deep connection with Melbourne’s cultural heart. In order to streamline the law firm’s national workplace design intent, Woods Bagot was engaged to design Gilbert + Tobin’s Melbourne office. An open plan design with integrated organic elements across the floorplate maximises the natural views while boosting staff well being. Micro communities have been created via a diversity of workspaces with the stairs promoting team movement and collaboration between the floors.
Complementing the neutal palette and biophilic design, the stair design serves as a centrepiece to the overall plan. Underscoring the physical and visual connectivity of the workplace, the interconnecting stairs provide a scale to the design intent. The indoor garden planter feature was inspired by the Australian landscape and serves to anchor the space with a juxtaposition to the modern style of the staircase. Timber treads contrast the glazed balustrades and the stark white of the soffit and stringers. Well designed and well executed, this workspace is both inspirational and timeless.
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Gilbert + Tobin, Melbourne
Work Completed by Active Metal
Detailed shop drawing, fabrication, delivery and installation of structural steel feature stairs, stair balustrade & stainless steel handrails, void balustrade, floor finishes including treads, risers, nosings, tactile indicators