Morgan Stanley
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Morgan Stanley

Kann Finch
Project Manager:
McLachlan Lister
Shape Group
Steven Brown

Morgan Stanley's new fit-out in Chifley Tower is designed by Kann Finch Group. The planning of the design revolves around achieving the height and the great impact of the view and the attention to the sense of arrival is pivotal to the designer. The weaving of successive spaces, from offices to boardrooms, maximises the spectacular views through a restrained colour and subtle materials palette.

The focus of the concept is to create a quality environment that is not ostentatious and frivolous but understated and elegant. The light and bright reception space features Calacatta marble, limerstone and warm timbers, reflecting the importance of simplicity.

The utilisation of classic and beautiful materials and minimal details are echoed in different interior zones, creating a sense of continuity and reminiscence. A new stairwell is installed to connect both levels 38 and 39, interlinking old and new spaces. A floating Calacatta marble block suspends from the stair void, connecting the two levels and leading the visitors from the reception space above to more intimate client meeting rooms below. A curved timber wall, creating a sense of warmth, complements the feature marble slab link. This curved form is an element that is repeated throughout the entire scheme.

A deisgn priority is to move away from corners and inserting continuous curvilinear planes to create a seamless flow flow of linked spaces. The office environments retains an eqilibrium between private and public: the perimeter of the office spaces include individual private offices that are cladded with glass to create a sense of privacy and openness simultaneously. The centre of these spaces are a series of open workstations.

Morgan Stanley is a leading global financial services firm whose mission is to deliver the finest financial thinking, products and execution in the world. To celebrate Morgan Stanley’s global position and highly professional service culture the design of the Sydney office is not only to accommodate a place to work and meet but also a place to entertain, impress, experience and showcase one of the most picturesque harbours in the world.

The 3,900m2 project is located in the upper levels of Chifley Tower in Sydney’s CBD. KANNFINCH’s design includes new front-of-house client spaces, an internal stair link, 70 person dealing floor and general office areas. This major construction and refurbishment undertaking was successfully carried out whilst the Client was in occupancy.

After acquiring the 42 storey Chifley Tower building, global financial services company Morgan Stanley required offices within the building that were appropriate for a major financial services organisation. Morgan Stanley also needed to continue all operations throughout the project. The solution was a carefully staged program with constant client communication. SHAPE worked with Morgan Stanley in Sydney and Hong Kong to coordinate all activities, especially those that affected business functions such as data, audio visual capability and security.

The design specified finishes were of the highest quality, in materials such as timber veneers and marble, while a feature staircase represented significant expenditure. SHAPE undertook an extensive program of value engineering, with items such as the stairwell and boardroom details delivered well below original cost, while providing a similar aesthetic effect.

After completing two other stages in their Chifley Tower office space, SHAPE was engaged Morgan Stanley to further upgrade the premises. Morgan Stanley required a contractor who could deliver several key requirements on their project including, on time delivery, on budget, zero defects at handover and no disruption to both Morgan Stanley employees and also the surrounding office tenancies.

SHAPE implemented several tactics to ensure that Morgan Stanley’s key deliverables could be achieved on this project. The final result was a quality project that was delivered on time, under budget, with no defects and no disruption to operations, resulting in a strengthened ongoing relationship between SHAPE and Morgan Stanley.

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