2014 Melbourne Design Awards
We are very proud to announce that Molecule (http://www.moleculeweb.com), the design team responsible for the work commissioned to create the Escala Partners office, has won Silver in the Melbourne Interior Design Awards.
In writing their submission for the award, Molecule wrote:-
"Escala Partners is a fresh presence in Australia’s wealth management landscape. As the embodiment of their brand, the new headquarters in Melbourne’s Collins Street are a distinctive, game-changing affair in which quality and market differentiation pervade every space and surface.
Dispelling the sterility of the commercial office typology, this project sought to treat the firm’s clients uncommonly well and looked to social venues for inspiration. The project thus reimagines the cloistered clubs of mid-century Manhattan, when doing business was a glamorous act and a handshake sealed a deal.
The holistic result is achieved at various scales. Throughout the space, a limited but cohesive palette of timeless materials affords a transportative experience, but very definitely not a stage set. At a finer scale, a painstaking gloss paint detail abstracts the coffered ceilings and wainscot panelling of historical interiors, while the entry signage and drinks list (offered to clients on arrival) are bound in leather that matches the nine-metre long custom chesterfield sofa.
The project heralds a new benchmark in professional services environments and workplace design, suggesting that work is meant to be enjoyed and conversations about money are allowed to happen in the presence of beauty".
Read more at: Melbourne Design Awards