Biophilia and function were some of the primary requirements that drove the design of a new office fitout for a government client.

Engaged by Infrastructure Australia to create a holistic workplace that would improve collaboration, innovation, and productivity, design studio Geyer developed a concept that was centred on biophilic design. To meet the brief for a workplace that was open, biophilic, connected, and functional, the Geyer team chose a natural material palette that evoked the rich tones and tactility of native Australian flora while also addressing the need for all material selections to be eco-conscious.

“We collaborated with as many Australian companies as possible – including Elton Group, working with their team to deliver a natural aesthetic that is high quality and visually striking,” Geyer Sydney’s Matthew Crossley commented.

“We incorporated visual elements of the surrounding views and the site’s natural context and translated the outside into a corporate workspace,” he added.

The natural palette was built around Eveneer timber veneer, which helped to create a seamless transition between the interior workspace and the surrounding landscape, and introduce the biophilic element within. Eveneer was used throughout the office fitout, across joinery, wall cladding and ceilings.

“We particularly warmed to the Steeple Oak, as it strongly complemented the ‘Australian Flora’ palette. This formed the foundation of finishes and we used this to further develop the aesthetic for the space,” Crossley explained.

Being sustainably sourced, Eveneer also added to the project’s green credentials.

“Working alongside Elton Group was a pleasure, and the project was very seamless,” Crossley added.

Photographed by Simon Whitbread