A New York loft-style office fitout was the perfect choice for Kidman Resources, a Melbourne-based mining company located within BHP House – once the tallest steel-framed building of its time in Australia, and the tallest fitout Canopy has worked on to date!
Recently BHP House went through an extensive renovation to bring the building back to life. Now in immaculate condition with new lobbies, end-of-trip facilities and service upgrades, the Kidman team really needed a space to call their own. Enter Canopy Fitouts.
Our inspiration for Kidman centred on complementing the new-look BHP building by visually tying the company back to one of Melbourne’s most iconic mining buildings.
We used black partitions to frame the Melbourne skyline, keeping as much natural light in the space to give the feeling of openness and airiness. The masculine steel frames of the building were incorporated into the meeting room, paired with the ceiling cladded timber. The aim here was to embrace the juxtaposition of cold steel and the warmth of timber. We also added an operable wall complete with a whiteboard to create separation between the areas to allow for versatility.
Textures were also an important feature of this fitout. Being very classic in colour with white, black and timber tones, we were able to play around with different textures such as timber panelling, gloss touches and stone finishes
The office now has a great front-of-house area making the most of the natural light for four varying-size meeting rooms. The back-of-house is filled with generous office space and a warm and inviting central hub, allowing for the ever-expanding team.
Being Canopy’s tallest ever fitout with 30 levels, definitely brought its challenges. We completed all our material load-ups at the one time to minimise time lost on travelling in and out of the building.
We had a really fun time designing this fitout for Kidman Resources and the client loved the final result.