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A refreshing Queensland workplace: Mirvac HQ, Brisbane by Peddle+Potter

What defines the Queensland vernacular and how does it permeate into a workplace fit-out? Local studio Peddle+Potter (P+P) brought a truly refreshing design to life.

As a young design studio, Brisbane-based P+P jumped at the chance to create a workplace for Mirvac’s Brisbane outpost.

The brief called for an office environment that could truly reflect the context and climate of its sub-tropical locale, while bringing to life the values that Mirvac prides itself on. “Mirvac had two key statements – one of them was reimagining urban life, and the other one was quality and care in every little detail,” shares P+P co-founder Sally Bostock. This conceptual starting point materialised in a variety of ways, most notably the design exudes a sense of lightness through a “visually bright and fresh aesthetic that champions transparency,” adds Jennifer Knight, co-founder of the studio.

The fresh, invigorating atmosphere comes through in the thoughtful selection of materials. The welcoming front of house space features an impressive natural stone. “It’s a really special marble with a crackle glaze effect that we sourced from Cairns. It really transforms the space,” says Knight. The integration of carefully selected local materials formed part of the overarching concept and was a key element that Mirvac was onboard with from the get-go. The palette brings the project together harmoniously – faceted glass, light terrazzo flooring and Blackbutt timber details complement the soft blue and grey tones. Panelling throughout various spaces gives a reference to classic Queensland weatherboarding, albeit with a vertical twist.

From a technical standpoint, the new Brisbane headquarters for Mirvac caters to 50-odd staff and brings in flexible zones for working. “We have integrated sit-to-stand desk areas, open plan and collaborative zones alongside enclosed focus rooms,” explains Bostock. 

Ultimately this project expresses a unique Queensland vernacular in an authentic way and helps to make Mirvac’s Queensland employees feel right at home in the office.

Photography by Mindi Cooke.

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