“Unispace worked closely with Suncorp to develop a warm, soft material palette to create a welcoming aesthetic throughout. Strong brand colours were avoided, in favour of a more cohesive, connected look and feel.”
The new staircase linking all floors is crucial to the functionality and success of the space and was a major architectural undertaking with 150 tonnes of concrete taken out and 60 tonnes of steel moved in.
Utilised by Suncorp employees, its central location enhances the idea of connectivity, with staff being visible as they move through the five floors. Visitors can view the flights of stairs from the public 13th floor, while security is seamlessly preserved.
To encourage movement through the levels, each floor has a ‘destination’ that’s prominent from the stairs – ranging from a large social breakout space, to a Smartbar helpdesk, various training suites and, of course, the front-of-house space on level 13.
“The combination of consolidated efficiencies and flexible, multipurpose general spaces has more than compensated for the overall reduction in floor area,” says Rowntree.
“Most importantly, the project has been hailed as a great success by the hundreds of Suncorp staff who work there.”