A Sydney bank uses architecture and wayfinding interior design to support a radical new work model.
Transparency is a big buzzword these days. Politicians and corporations, psychologists and members of the media all strive for it or, at the very least, toss around the word as some sort of ideal practice. But what does it really mean? And more importantly, what does it look like? Ironically, an example may be found in the type of place that prompted the large-scale application of this word in the first place: a financial institution.
Using landmark spaces as digital canvas, projection mapping is trompe l'oeil on a gigantic, pulsating scale. Where will it take us next?
Call it projection mapping, pixel mapping, video mapping, or even architecturally registered mapping. It’s known by all those names and more. But the new media format that has been the toast of YouTube—and live audiences worldwide—has broken a major visual barrier and is poised to knock down more walls.
Emerystudio designs signs for the dramatic new “front door” of the University of South Australia.
The Hawke Building, named after former Australian prime minister Robert James Lee Hawke, is the new “front door” of the University of South Australia in Adelaide, one of the country’s top universities. It houses not only the university chancellor’s offices, but the Anne & Gordon Samstung Museum of Art and the Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Library and Centre.
These temporary, celebratory graphics painted the "face" of one of Sydney's most famous landmarks, the David Jones Department Store. Always considered friendly and personal, the store is famous for serving "the women of Sydney." Giant photos of 134 Sydney women, including the store's eldest customer, 101-year-old Edith Whitlock, covered every window. The project included both color and black and white photos, which ranged in size, some taking up only one window, some covering three or four stories.
The project is a series of meeting rooms and a training facility for Macquarie Bank; the goal was to enliven and activate the space to encourage open thinking and communication, and incorporate the bank's values in the design. By branding the space with a unique name, visual identity and total thematic approach, Emery Vincent Design unified the spaces and created the destination "Thinkspace." The theming enables people to escape the constraints of linear thinking common to the banking environment and to transcend into a lateral-thinking mode.
The Bushells Tea Warehouse, a landmark heritage building in Sydney's historic Rocks precinct, was a tea-manufacturing warehouse from 1923-1975 but lay vacant until 1999 when work commenced on converting it into the headquarters of a leading information technology company. The goal was to design a contemporary wayfinding system that referenced the building's historic function as well as the technological nature of the client's business. The building is densely occupied.