EY Melbourne by Gensler

2022 Best of Globe Winner

Gensler has reimagined a unique client experience for EY Melbourne, welcoming guests in a boutique hospitality inspired environment. EY is a multinational professional services partnership that exists to build a better working world, helping create long-term value for society and build trust in the capital markets.

Keep reading to learn more about this project which was a Best of Globe winner in our 2022 Shaw Contract Design Awards!

2022 Best of Globe Winner | Melbourne, Australia


All Photography by Nguyen Dang

Design Inspiration

Gensler responded by creating flexible spaces that enrich the client experience and selectively reusing existing elements to seek a greater sustainable outcome. With a move from large scale seminars to small intimate more personal spaces to build deeper relationships, the focus is on a hosted experience balancing the personal and the digital.  

Entirely flexible, the space can be transformed into a variety of scenarios, from event dining to a pre-lunch networking space.  EY have full flexibility to reconfigure all furniture to suit the requirement of the user experience. The insertion of curtains allows different combinations of scenarios, to open or divide the space to evoke a changing user experience. The Design Studio merges technology, audio visual overlay, enhanced digital experiences and modularity of components. 


Across the two floors, the adaptive reuse and repurposing of existing elements and materials shaped the project. By carefully retaining high-impact items, such as the staircase, stone flooring and split block walls, the design integrates existing elements with new finishes in an environmentally conscious way.


"I think this project is spectacular and very reflective of what we're seeing currently within workplace design in regards to functionality. I loved the layering of materials, lighting design, and artistic sculptural elements within the space that created dynamics. The selection of flooring materials worked very strongly to create a cohesive design."

- Stephen Wells / Principal at Hendrick Inc. & juror for our 2022 Best of Globe panel

“It is a rare client ‘front of house’ space that allows the thoughtful integration of a past design and materials and really analyse why we, as an industry, demolish materials of a regular basis, detrimental to our environmental impact. We retained and reimagined many of the existing materials while reshaping the 2004 stair and reimagining the overall client journey.” – Gensler 


"There are moments of framing that I love; whether they're framing through the furniture, or the staircase moment which is quite cinematic. There is a sensitivity to culture and connection to the indigenous community in a thoughtful and considered way."

- Rulla Asmar / Principal at Marchese Partners & juror for our 2022 Best of Globe panel


As a project, EY Melbourne acknowledges the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land on which this workplace sits, the Peoples of the Kulin Nation, and pays respect to their Elders past, present and emerging, an optimistic and inclusive future for Indigenous communities.

The main reception features a sculpture created by a community collective of local First Nation women and trans women artists called Ngardang Girri Kalat Mimini. This is a learning experience with the ‘Aunties’ mentoring younger weavers, reinterpreting the Story of the Iuk (river eel). This intergenerational approach resonated with the original project goals. 


"This project captured a lot of different types of work environments which showcases an understanding of the evolving workplace and an intention to prioritize human connection. The sense of community is evident here; how this space integrates into our lives and into the community with a focus on diversity. This project hits a lot of high notes; sustainability through material selection and reuse, new workspace evolution, and the use of lighting and form to tell a visual story."

- Karen S. Miller / Head of Interior Design at Gulf Consult & juror for our 2022 Best of Globe panel.

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With almost 600 entries from 44 countries around the globe, our 2022 Shaw Contract Design Awards program has truly celebrated the optimism of design and its ability to influence our everyday lives.