Bringing Lifestyle to the Workplace

Tom Dixon
Creative Director
Tom Dixon/Design Research Studio, London



Central Sydney is changing from a business district, traditionally focused on work, to increasingly become a city lifestyle district that offers a range of experiences. This can be seen in the regeneration of Circular Quay. Specifically, Quay Quarter Sydney will exemplify the emerging balance between work and life in the city: creating a destination where people want to work, socialize, and live.

Spanning two inner city blocks, the Quay Quarter precinct will create the city’s newest urban neighborhood, including a diverse mix of commercial, retail, and luxury residences with specialty shopping, cafés, restaurants, and bars, and a focus on niche retailers and one-off experiences. For the office tower, the experience begins from the moment of arrival. The interior designers for the lobby and connected facilities of Quay Quarter Tower – presenting here – were specifically chosen for their specialism in lifestyle spaces such as hotels, clubs, restaurants, bars, and co-working spaces, to bring a completely different perspective to how a commercial lobby would be viewed and designed. Their philosophy: to not repeat what already exists.

The lobby will be a very special, distinctive, and unique experience unlike any other office tower in the world. Flooded with natural light, the design is open and expansive, making workers, clients, and visitors feel welcome and inspired. Beyond the lobby, the luxury of choice continues into a dynamic and evolving range of flexible third-space facilities and services, promoting tenant effectiveness, efficiency, engagement, and productivity.

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