PCG interior architect Adrian Foung says the 12,500m² office known as 5MR, after the street address at 5 Murray Rose Drive features five floors with extra-large 2600m² floorplates.
"It was important to create an identity for each floor, one that would determine the colour and design theme throughout. We chose to draw from a range of iconic Australian environments. For example, the ground floor, which is a reception and hospitality area, is the Beer Garden. Other floors feature the Lounge, the Park, the Beach and the Vineyard. And because the floors are so large, we have another themed area on each office floor, on the south side the Jetty, the Pool, the Backyard and the Laneway."
The Beer Garden reception area epitomises Lion's desire to promote sociability the venue is regularly used for social events, such as pre-match functions, and by staff during the day. A large circular bar takes centre stage. In keeping with the theme, the front of the bar is clad in artificial grass. Ceiling services were left exposed to maximise the height, but painted black so the ceiling appears to vanish like the night sky.
"Suspended timber blocks beneath this ceiling are reminiscent of a curved garden path of railway sleepers they lead the way through the space," says Foung. "We also added a stylised leafy canopy above the bar and furnished the space like a beer garden."
Other amenities on the ground floor include a training/auditorium area, meeting rooms, coolroom and storerooms, gymnasium, change rooms and masseuse rooms.
A central staircase was an essential part of the interior design brief. Gunnis says the interior is all about connectivity, both literal and visual.
"The central stair needed to make a statement, and provide visual continuity through all levels. This is achieved by the scale of the stair and its associated penetration, and by illuminated yellow banding on the solid white balustrade."
PCG project manager Dan Jones says the openness of the stair was only made possible by adding the operable Won Door fire rating system, on special tracks, to each level. When the building is in fire mode, these concertina doors close automatically, but are hidden from sight at other times.