The sculptural steel plate staircase artfully presents a balanced flow and cultivated calmness in the entire workplace, where people and spaces are truly celebrated.
Herbert Smith Freehills is one of the world’s leading professional services business operating across 26 offices globally. The firm have a diverse, innovative culture where high performance, client focus and highly engaged people are the differentiator, and where the uniqueness of the people are celebrated.
Consolidating multiple Melbourne offices to one in 80 Collins St, Herbert Smith Freehills engaged Bates Smart to design its new office spanning over 10,262 square meters. The new premises have been designed to meet the evolving needs of the firm’s agile workforce. Aiming to empower people to choose a working environment where they can perform at their best and in the way that best suits them, whilst delivering a consistently excellent client experience. The office design integrates physical, cognitive, and social well-being considerations, encouraging high performance while supporting mental resilience.
A sculptural architectural staircase created by Active Metal beautifully connects 5 floors. The structural staircase is fabricated from mild steel, integrated with steel balustrade plates and handrails systems. The subtle ocean wave colour is beautifully lit by the integrated handrail lighting. In addition, the steel plate staircase is encased with void glass balustrades and full height glazing, creating a dramatic visual connection and void view both looking up and looking down.
A quality piece that we have proudly created in this contemporary workplace.
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Herbert Smith Freehills Melbourne
Work Completed by Active Metal
Detailed design, fabrication, delivery and installation of steel plate stair structure, slab strengthening beams, void glass balustrades & full height glazing, stair finishes including stainless-steel handrails, plasterboard soffit linings, vinyl tread linings, tread nosing’s, tactile indicators