Yancoal Office Interior
Project NameYancoal Office Interiors, Darling Tower Sydney, by Hammond Interiors
Photographer DetailsTerence Chin
Designed by Todd Hammond, formerly the head of workplace interiors at Woods Bagot, the Yancoal offices are the first completed project by the eponymous Hammond Studios, which opened in 2018. The office space makes use of natural materials wherever possible, setting tone and atmosphere through the use of material colour spectrum.
Hammond has developed a reputation for his elegant use of timber in workplace interiors. For this reason he was chosen to design the new workplace for Yancoal.
Coming from a more traditional, cubicle style setting in the nearby 363 George Street building, Yancoal were determined to create a modern and adaptable workplace. Despite the connotations of a mining company, Yancoal briefed Hammond to take the reins on evolving the company culture and workflow at their new location in the Harry Seidler designed Darling Towers. Hammond wanted to set out a space with clear, defined ideas, but with malleable functionality that the client could evolve.
The main functional design criteria was to work on the circulation of the spaces, and the contrast between open and intimate. The programming of Yancoal’s previous office environment was reversed. Shifting the private, enclosed offices to the core of the building allowed for a light and open communal space that runs the perimeter of the floor. The open plan space maximises daylight and views.
Drawing on experience from previous projects, Hammond looked at the spectrum of timber colours, and the moods they evoke. Darker timber colours can be viewed as conservative in a modern office, while lighter coloured timbers like ash and pale oak have a brighter and more contemporary feel. Hammond wanted to split the middle, opting for cherry timber. Having used it before on multiple projects, he was well aware of it’s strengths and limitation. As its reddish hue is unique, matching cherry to other timbers is difficult, so the firm chose to use cherry throughout the project.
A combination of cherry veneer and solid cherry was used for the project. The veneer could be fabricated into curved profiles by Elton Group, wrapping the curved walls of the hallway spaces. Solid profile timber was used for joinery, built by Seehosu.
Fossilised stone was used for the floors, to compliment the natural timber finishes. Hammond recognises the unique quality of natural material materials to inspire wellbeing and productivity in the workplace.