Company capitalises on top position

Australian Design Trends

Two parts tradition and one part funk – that’s the recipe that distinguishes this fitout from most others in the world of finance. 

Top of the tree, top drawer, top notch- there’s no shortage of terms that describe our respect for high levels. Commercial real estate usually acknowledges this hierarchy: as the elevator goes up, so does the rental. When mergers and acquisitions company Rhys Capital started looking for new premises in Melbourne, Australia, it wanted to project an appropriate image. Top of the town suited the company just fine. When part of the top floor, level 54, of Rialto Towers became available, the directors welcomed the opportunity. 

Rialto Towers is the city’s highest office tower. It offers wide views over the city and its surroundings; the tower’s viewing platform is a popular tourist destination. The company selected Melbourne-based Victoria Hamer Architects for its office fitout, asking for a design that would capitalise on its prestigious location. Traditional colours and rich materials add a comfortable, opulent atmosphere to the offices. Reception chairs have wine red leather; other colours include blue and jade. The reception features black marble and granites, with an impressive marble entranceway. 

Decorative timber veneers are used throughout the office areas. Both the boardroom table and the conference table have been custom designed and incorporate elements of the Rhys Capital logo in computer generated veneers. Rhys Capital felt that the traditional look needed to be balanced by more contemporary design. To achieve this, Victoria Hamer choose a boomerang-shaped lighting rig, which is suspended above the reception desk. There’s stainless steel galore and the chairs in offices and the boardroom are upholstered in modern jazz style fabrics. 

Some of the internal windows are angled and feature frosted glass. Fins on joinery units add to the fitout’s modern atmosphere. Victoria Hamer planned the office layout to take advantage of its high position, with all work areas offering panoramic city views. She divided the office into three parts: an executive area, general office space and a reception. The executive area comprises directors’ offices, an area for their assistants and the boardroom. The general area has workstations for the company’s employees, with potential for additional workstations and an area for an office manager. The reception is located between the executive and the general office areas and includes a visitor waiting area. Next to it is a conference room with audio visual facilities and a bar. Mirrors reflect the views from the waiting area into the lift foyer.