This interior redevelopment is in what Melbourne calls the Paris end of Collins Street. It’s set between highest-end retail and the lush garden of the exclusive Melbourne Club.
BKK delivered twin fitout projects for the Monash Business School.
The first was for the Australian Centre for Financial Studies (ACFS) and the second was for Business School alumni. They occupy neighbouring tenancies at 30 Collins Street in the Melbourne CBD.
Both involved gutting and replacing the entire interiors with high-end fitouts, retaining only the perimeter walls of each tenancy. Our work brings an identity and a public profile to an important university entity that is not a school.
This is a catalyst for engagement between the university and industry. It has a combination of spaces for staff, students and professional-development education. It’s for a variety of work and education activities and different-sized groups.
Its spaces are fitted out for flexible usage: anything from cocktail parties to individual desk work and seminars. Well-chosen IT and AV equipment and associated services support all these uses. So does the furniture we selected, which adapts the spaces to two or three different layouts each, and is easy to adjust and rearrange. We positioned power and data points to suit all layouts.
BKK achieved this with detailing and materials that are suited to high-end residential design. They make the spaces comfortable and welcoming.
The Alumni centre is a third place whose design intentionally blurs the boundaries between work, living and learning.
ACFS is a public-interest research centre within the Monash Business School. BKK and the project services engineers discovered a great deal of services infrastructure installed previously, some active and some not. We used a thorough survey to identify all items and determine what to remove and what to reuse.