The home of architecture and design in Asia-Pacific

Get the latest design news direct to your inbox!

The finishing touches on First Sentier Investors’ Barangaroo office

For First Sentier Investors’ new workplace in Barangaroo, the team were after an authentic and pared-back aesthetic, and thanks to Tongue n Groove, this was easily achieved.

In 2019, First Sentier Investors were relocating to the new icon of the Sydney skyline in Barangaroo. Situated in International Tower Three on two floors, the workplace was designed by nettletontribe with a specific design aesthetic in mind.

The interior spaces of the new workspace are highly detailed, utilising natural materials while playing with light and layering. Natural light floods the office spaces in a welcoming way, which have been designed in a such a way as to create a beautiful and straightforward journey throughout the interior for employees, clients and visitors. 

The Japanese concept of ‘wabi sabi’, or the beauty in transience and imperfection, is celebrated throughout the space thanks to the extensive use of authentic materials. With the use of light timber, tan leather, handmade ceramics and accents of deep bold green, nettletontribe has created a warm balance of tones and textures throughout the office space.

The beautiful oak flooring used in this project was supplied by the timber floorboard experts at Tongue n Groove.  Solid engineered European oak floorboards were chosen in the Bistre colour, Eterno classic wire-brushed finish and Piccolo format in prime grade that feature throughout the two floors of the First Sentier Investors’ workplace.

The limed blonde tones of the Bistre coloured floors are underpinned with flourishes of subtle grey and are oil-finished to create a silky effect.  This is further enhanced by its prime grade characteristics that feature few, if any knots for a consistent, uniform aesthetic while still reflecting the sense of ‘wabi sabi’ or natural simplicity that the office design adheres to.

With a 6 Star Green Star rating and the WELL Gold rating, the First Sentier Investors’ workplace by nettletontribe meets high standards for their office relocation to Barangaroo’s International Tower Three. And thanks to the highly functional and aesthetically-pleasing flooring supplied by Tongue n Groove, the employees can rest assured that their workplace will remain beautiful underfoot for years to come.

Photographery: Tyrone Branigan

INDESIGN is on instagram

Follow @indesignlive

The Indesign Collection

A searchable and comprehensive guide for specifying leading products and their suppliers

Indesign Our Partners

Keep up to date with the latest and greatest from our industry BFF's!

Related Stories

While you were sleeping

The internet never sleeps! Here's the stuff you might have missed