"An obvious layout, particularly given the siting of the building with views on every side, would have been to set the offices, meeting rooms and boardroom around the edges, with the general office spaces relegated to the centre," says McDermid.
"In devising the layout for White Fox & Jones, we had to gain an understanding of their office psyche, which is very much about the staff experience, as well as having a clear concept of how specific spaces would interrelate."
The result turns the traditional notion of office hierarchy on its head, with the prime, north-facing area not given over to an individual, such as the managing director, but to everyone, as the staff room.
"From an interior design standpoint, the wide-ranging and dramatic natural views from the adjacent parklands to the north, mountains to the south and west and a Catholic basilica to the east provide much to draw inspiration from," says Meyer.
"To play off the views, a palette of earth tones, such as warm browns and greens, was teamed with crisp neutrals to create an inviting ambience throughout. This in turn has been punctuated with vibrant accents in the staff room and other less formal spaces."
The design of the staff room was of particular importance as it needed to serve as a day-to-day replacement for all those inner-city cafes, as well as cater for more specialised staff gatherings.