Investment management firm Challenger, delicately balances productivity, privacy, wellbeing and connectivity at their new Sydney headquarters located within the iconic 5 Martin Place.

Woods Bagot Workplace Interiors Sector Leader in Sydney, Todd Hammond, says the design created a workplace with longevity in mind, which leveraged the heritage character of the building while paying homage to the future, as well as Challenger’s youth and innovation.

“Fitting-out a heritage building means you approach the design differently. While we placed functionality at the core of the concept, the existing heritage void set a pivotal starting point from which to centre the heart of the project.”

Spanning 9,000 square metres across four levels are individual and project-based work points, semi-open meeting spaces and small, private meeting rooms. A heritage-inspired palette meets contemporary and functional furniture that delicately balances the need for collaboration and privacy.

Such equilibrium showcases innovative office concepts from Schiavello and furniture partner, Bene. Strategically placed on each floor is a multitude of products from Bene’s Docklands and Parcs ranges. Through an infusion of pastel colours and fabric choices, group and individual work zones are defined.

No corner left unturned, even transitional space is optimised for more efficient and focused ways of working, with the placement of Docklands Open Bays along elevator voids providing a desirable destination for people on the move. Schiavello’s custom solutions also proving collaboration-friendly, over 100 whiteboards are integrated onto the surface of Kase storage units.

A progressive workplace that makes staff health and wellbeing a priority, 100% of Krossi workstations in open-plan areas are height-adjustable. Coupled with customised hanging shelves to house plants, it is clear employee wellbeing and productivity are well-considered at Challenger.