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.