Schiavello Construction was engaged by the Office of the Australian Government Solicitor (AGS) to deliver the fit-out of their new Melbourne offices.

The new office spans three levels; featuring a dedicated library, multiple office areas housing Schiavello Systems workstations, a large breakout space and a central concrete staircase adjoining the three floors.

The project prominently features a newly constructed structural steel staircase with concrete look cladding. The cladding is more than an aesthetic element; it also ensures functionality and heightens the longevity of the structure. The concrete aesthetic, together with the black steel balustrades gives the stairwell a distinctly Brutalist appeal rare in 21st Century office spaces. Beginning on level 32, the staircase is an immersive experience, opening up to a half-height stair within the level 34 breakout space.

Characterised by sleek, modern furnishings and an abundance of natural light, the breakout space counters the raw concrete texture of the stairwell. This space clearly embodies the client’s focus on staff health and wellbeing. The large kitchen area, ample seating and lofty views immediately energise the space.

The breakout space also features acoustic absorbing fabric, helping to minimise noise. The existing ceiling tiles were wrapped in the acoustic fabric and reinstalled. Repurposing elements allowed Schiavello Construction to actively reduce the amount of waste produced during the project.


Location: Levels 32 – 34, 600 Bourke St, Melbourne
Area: 4,250sqm
Duration: 12 Weeks
Project Type: Interior Construction
Project Manager: Medland Corporate
Architect: Capezio Copeland
Engineer: Interior Engineering
Completed: December 2016
Schiavello Subsidiaries: Schiavello Systems (workstations)