For leading financial software company Intuit’s new Sydney office, Gensler created a highly functional space that feels like home.
Inspired by local city icons, the nearby harbor and Australian culture, the workplace environment is both attuned to the global tech company and uniquely Sydney.
Split across the top two levels of a centrally located building, the open-plan office is flexible down to the furniture and writable surfaces.
A variety of breakout seating areas allow staff to step away from their desks for individual downtime or impromptu meetings.
The workplace is united from without by sweeping views of Sydney and from within by a central, transparent multipurpose room. Intuit’s new space reflects an entrepreneurial, startup spirit able to attract top talent in the local tech market
Intuit, the company behind the world’s leading cloud accounting solution QuickBooks Online, has opened new custom-designed headquarters in Sydney, with rapid growth driving the move to 1 O’Connell Street.
Home to 60 employees who support small business, accounting and bookkeeping customers nationwide, the two-storey, 1480m2 office provides room to accommodate continued expansion and features a co-working space for ecosystem partners to foster deeper integration and collaboration.
The office design blends a raw industrial aesthetic with state of the art technology, Aussie themes and an eclectic collection of furnishings supplied by small businesses, reinforcing Intuit’s commitment to help local businesses flourish.
Brad Paterson, Vice President and Managing Director of Intuit in Asia Pacific, said the move to flagship headquarters marks a coming of age for Intuit Australia.
“Since Intuit’s launch here in 2013, the team has grown to more than 70 people across three states. This move represents a significant investment to support expansion under the stewardship of one of Australia’s leading women in technology. It will help us serve our customers and create one of the best places to work in Australia. “We are definitely number one at number one,” said Paterson.
Managing Director of Intuit Australia, Nicolette Maury, said the space has been created to mimic the look and feel of a startup, reflecting Intuit’s workplace culture and reputation as a 30 year old startup because of its constant innovation based on customer feedback.
“At Intuit, everyone is an entrepreneur. We work in agile teams and encourage rapid experimentation, idea generation and decision making based on data and customer insights. Our design for delight philosophy means we develop deep customer empathy to help us identify and solve problems and unmet customer needs.
“I’m delighted that our new office space enables us to create more opportunities for close collaboration with customers through training and insights sessions. This will help drive innovation, and ultimately that’s what we’re all about,” she said.
The office layout seeks to enhance creativity right down to the whiteboard painted walls found in most meeting rooms to encourage breakthrough and disruptive thinking, while sit-stand desks will help boost productivity.
“Extensive video conferencing facilities ensure our teams can instantly connect across borders and time-zones worldwide. Along with open collaboration zones, 18 dynamic team rooms support anything from a telecon to a team huddle or conference.
“With SMBs at the heart of our success, we also reached out to Australian small businesses to create a quirky, stimulating work environment. New, salvaged, handcrafted and antique furnishings have been used, including indigenous light fixtures and a surfboard table that are works of art in themselves,” Maury said.
Intuit Australia’s headquarters feature high ceilings, harbour views and an internal staircase. There is also a chill out room, access to Foxtel, three outdoor entertainment areas and foosball and ping pong tables to help bring to life the team’s vision of a fun, dynamic and informal environment that supports both work and play.