EY Melbourne by Gensler
2022 Best of Region 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 stunning project which was a Best of Region winner in our 2022 Shaw Contract Design Awards!
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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.
Photography by Nguyen Dang
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.
Photography by Nguyen Dang
“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."
- Rulla Asmar / Principal at Marchese Partners & juror for our 2022 Best of Region 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.
"I thought there was great innovation with regards to how to transform a workplace and provide flexible environments. To me this doesn't feel like it's a standard workplace environment, there’s a hospitality component to it which I love. This project is quite moody and rich.”
- Pablo Albani / Principal at Group GSA & juror for our 2022 Best of Region panel.
Gensler were asked to consider EY’s DE&I goals in increasing supplier diversity and physically representing their goals to be a leader in supporting sustainability and diversity. Gensler responded to the challenge by creating flexible spaces that enrich the client experience and selectively reusing existing elements to seek a greater sustainable outcome. Gensler also selected 100% PVC-free, Carbon Neutral, Cradle to Cradle certified, and Declare certified carpet tiles from Shaw Contract.
Shaw Contract has been actively engaged in Cradle to Cradle design for more than 20 years, introducing the first Cradle to Cradle Certified™ flooring product in 1999. Nearly 90% products we manufacture are Cradle to Cradle Certified® and it is our goal to have 100% of products Cradle to Cradle Certified by 2030. All of our commercial carpet operations internationally are carbon-neutral, and we were also one of the first GBCA members to support the World Green Building Council's Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment.
Photography by Nguyen Dang
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