- Article by Online Contributor
When BLP designed Fujitsu Melbourne’s Headquarters, the brief was clear: to honour Fujitsu’s refined Japanese heritage and create a culture of ‘One Fujitsu’, while also incorporating the local Melbourne flavour into the design.
BLP’s design took inspiration from Melbourne’s stylish population as a baseline, which manifests in the workplace in the form of crisp and understated contemporary styling, emphasising quality materials and finishes.
The design team also took inspiration from Melbourne’s grid layout interspersed with its famous laneways: bright slivers of colour and texture coursing unexpectedly through the city.
In this way the project remains refined and urbane but has pockets of colour and playfulness throughout the various activity-based zones.
Fujitsu’s signature red is fused into the fabric of the space as subtle accents to furniture and joinery, serving as a connection to the worldwide brand whilst allowing the Melbourne headquarters to retain its own unique character.
Led by BLP’s workplace sector leader Vicki Murphie, the design team ensured Fujitsu’s values were underpinned throughout: respect for the environment by the selection of timeless and sustainable materials, embodiment of authenticity by incorporation of local design elements and materials, and leadership in innovation through seamless integration of technology within the workplace in alignment with established workstyles.
With various spaces for client engagement, collaboration, focused work and community, the project delivers an adaptive and flexible workplace that is optimised for innovation.
Meeting rooms and collaborative spaces have been equipped with the latest technology, enabling instant connectivity and seamless workflows without compromising on aesthetic value.
As part of Fujitsu’s rollout of new agile workplaces across Australia and New Zealand, BLP also designed its Auckland workplace, completed in early 2018.
Ian Ten Seldam