Clemenger Group, Sydney
Pier 8/9 Millers Point, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Bates Smart was engaged to design the new workplace for Clemenger Group (inclusive of 7 unique businesses operating under the one brand), as they relocated from their long term location at St Leonards to 3 floors within the historic Pier 8/9 at Millers Point in Sydney.
The design for the fit out calls for an engaging dialogue between the forward thinking and energized creativity synonymous with the brand as well as the rich heritage of the historic pier.
Two main concepts drive the design and have been key to developing a design that resonates with the strong brand culture and identity of the company. The first recognizes the process and work flow of the organization by providing a “blank canvas” on which to allow a creative overlay. This has translated into a muted palette that neutralizes the space and invites people to fully inhabit and own the space around them. This in turn also creates a distinct line between the existing architecture and the expression of new insertions. The second concept is informed by the scale of the pier and translates as a series of overscaled blocks that echo the rhythm and shapes inherit to architecture. These blocks have been composed into a series of interlocking sculptural pieces forming stairs, joinery and furniture items that engage with the human scale.
The fit out invites open interactions between it’s people and clients and embraces this central to their creative process.