It features four floors of purpose-built workspace and First Nations art
The past week has been an eventful one for independent law firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth (Corrs), which has just moved into its new office in Quay Quarter Tower.
As one of Quay Quarter Tower’s key tenants, the firm occupies four bespoke floors of the newly refurbished building in Circular Quay, which boasts being the world’s first upcycled skyscraper.
Each of the firm’s floors has been customised to suit the evolving needs of the firm and its expanding workforce. Designed by architectural firm Bates Smart, the new Corrs workspace is energised by various First Nations artworks, including a hanging centrepiece by Kokatha and Nukunu artist Yhonnie Scarce. Handmade, glass fishhooks (pictured) celebrate the Gadigal women who fished in Sydney Harbour.
Remarking on the office opening, Corrs CEO Gavin MacLaren said that the firm’s move to Quay Quarter Tower reflected its evolution and support for the “intentional growth” of its Sydney office.
“We were drawn to Quay Quarter Tower because of its iconic location and innovative and sustainable design,” MacLaren said. “Quay Quarter Tower has given us an opportunity to create a workplace that meets the needs of our people, our clients, and our guests, and positions the firm for the future. It has been purposefully designed to support our flexible, collaborative work culture.”
The Bridge Street skyscraper was a revamp of the existing AMP Centre tower in Sydney’s Circular Quay, originally built in 1976. Rather than tearing the structure down, the project team decided to reuse over 65% of the original beams, columns, and slabs, as well as 95% of the tower’s original core. In the process, the Quay Quarter Tower saved 6.1 million kilograms of carbon. It was recently awarded the international high-rise award by the City of Frankfurt, the German Architecture Museum, and DekaBank, for the innovation.
Alongside Bates Smart, Corrs’ Quay Quarter Tower fit-out was delivered in cooperation with Buildcorp as contractor and Generate as project manager.