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Egon Zehnder

Location:
Melbourne
Type:
Office
Year:
2013
Architect:
IF Architecture
Project Manager:
Montlaur Project Services
Photographer:
Dianna Snape

Master planning, architectural design, itnerior design and styling have culminated to create a quietly sophisticated space that services the unique demands of the executive search firm, Egon Zehnder.

After relocating to the heart of Melbourne's CBD, If Architecture developed a deisgn typology around Egon Zehnder's brand person personality. Use of warm timber veneer exposing rich growth rings representing the company's growth and development, spanning over decades and across multiple continents.

A series of arches representing branches were applied throughout the lobby to represent the concept of connecting past and future growth. A whimsical fusion of old and new contexts translates through traditional moulded timber panels as a rich backdrop for contemporary design features.

The floor plan invites a sense of discretion for candidates and executives. Staff offices also allow an overlap of private and public interaction, with breakout spaces showcasing sweeping views across the Yarra River and Dandenong Ranges.

Trust, confidentiality and respect are at the heart of architectural considerations; formal and informal settings, public and private spaces embrace the diverse requirements of clients and staff alike.

The office of international executive recruitment firm, Egon Zehnder, has relocated to Melbourne’s newest premium grade building 171 Collins Street, in the heart of the CBD.

Montlaur’s engagement extended from assisting with negotiations on the practical terms of the Agreement for Lease and lease through to management of the design, tendering and construction.

Accommodating a late change in floors, post completion of documentation, extensive value management was undertaken to ensure that the design aspirations could be achieved within budget expectations.

Construction was undertaken in parallel with the completion of the base building with Egon Zehnder successfully relocating in August 2013.

Use of a warm timber veneer exposing rich growth rings represents Egon Zehnder’s growth and development, spanning over decades and across multiple continents. Applied in the lobby through a series of arches representing branches, the circular nature of the design expresses an arc connecting past and future growth. A whimsical fusion of old and new contexts translates through traditional moulded timber panels as a rich backdrop for contemporary design features.

The floor plan invites a sense of discretion for candidates and executives. Staff offices also allow an overlap of private and public interaction, with breakout spaces showcasing sweeping views across the Yarra River and Dandenong Ranges. Australian-made products furnish the interiors, alongside upcycled Eero Saarinen furniture circa 1960. Trust, confidentiality and respect are at the heart of architectural considerations; formal and informal settings, public and private spaces embrace the diverse requirements of clients and staff alike.

 

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