Evans Dixon, Melbourne
CBD, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Evans Dixon occupy 7 floors of the Mayfair Building at 171 Collins Street, Melbourne. The new office consolidates Evans Dixon teams who previously worked out of a number of disparate premises.The project was an integrated fitout realised over 2 years, as part of the new premium grade commercial tower development, 171 Collins Street, designed by Bates Smart.
The Mayfair building is unique; with small floor plates at approximately 250 sqm each, a heritage-listed facade to Collins Street, and a new, full height glazed south facade overlooking the 9-storey high, glazed roofed internal atrium of the 171 development—both providing an abundance of natural light to the workspace.
Evans Dixon's new premises reflects their company philosophy of being established, solid advisers with a conservative and attentive investment approach.
The workplace utilises a ‘stacked’ planning model divided into two zones. The operational and trading floors are located on Levels 2 through 6 with an interconnecting stair between the broking Levels 2 and 3. The executive and client floors on Levels 7 and 8 are also connected via an internal residential style spiral staircase.
Clients and guests enter on Level 7 reception, where there is also the client lounge, library and meeting facilities. A theatre and staff kitchen, lounge and terrace are on level 8. Our design concept revolves around a high end European niche broking house and private bank, where clients are welcome to use the space for personal business while in the city.
Evans Dixon had requested the space have an old-world, private club aesthetic with eclectic overtones. The client’s existing artwork was relocated along with two antique furniture pieces. The workplace floors were designed with a residential quality—detailing and finishes paying homage to the design of the heritage listed Mayfair facade.
It was important to encourage and provide for staff interaction and regular dialogue to optimise both formal and informal information flow. Supporting the work zones are comfortable café breakout areas, arranged along the bay windows which frame dramatic views of Collins Street. The quiet calm of the office rises above the hustle and bustle that echoes the fast pace of the investment market.
Evans and Partners, Melbourne