“….the Macquarie Bank steel staircase design is a truly unique and masterful creation….”
Architect: Fitzpatrick + Partners
Client: Macquarie Bank
Photographer: Brett Boardman
Location: 1 Martin Place, Sydney
Work completed by Active Metal
Structural steel stairs, perforated metal balustrades, handrails, structural glazed balustrades, stainless steel handrails, structural steel beams, site electro-static spray painting.
Macquarie Bank has always differentiated itself by focusing on new opportunities. The “Innovation Hub” at 1MP was designed to foster collaboration and knowledge sharing, challenging office norms with a forward thinking design that brings staff, clients and partners together. Central to the workplace design is the creation of highly flexible, team-based working environments which promote collaboration, linked by a central atrium and inter-connecting staircase.
Set across seven levels and over 13,000 square meters, the Innovation Hub steel staircase is not only functional, but also a key design feature of the fit out. Bold in both colour and style, the structural steel stairs, fabricated and installed by Active Metal, were chosen to energise and encourage teams to think outside the square. The jagged, semi-transparent, mesh balustrades, finished in a radien purple colour, to mach the stair finishes, provides a continuous ribbon of colour that leads you through the entire 7 floors.
Each void edge features a structural glass balustrade by Active that contributes to the “viewing platform” experience that creates this almost sectional view through the fitout. The backdrop to the stairway is an industrial palette of materials including raw concrete, cement sheeting, various timbers and exposed ceilings and services. The huge wow screen adds a pop of tech that is simply amazing, not to mention the centrally positioned L4 Café, which doubles as the arrival point for external visitors and the social hub of the office, fostering connection and collaboration.
Embodying the “Macquarie Difference” this project truly showcases the detailed workmanship of the Active Metal team.
Link to Perforated Metal Balustrades