Blackhearts & Sparrows - HQ

Peeling back the layers of a century-old Collingwood pub

There's something curious, exciting and inspiring about building and designing office fitouts within heritage buildings. Peeling back the layers of a century-old Collingwood pub and transforming it into the chic and sophisticated Blackhearts & Sparrows HQ was no exception. For decades, this space served as a popular spot for punters, frozen in time while the Smith St locality made its rise to the 'coolest street in the world'. Therefore, it was Canopy's mission to transform the space with an office fitout to reflect the boutique wine retailer's Melbourne spirit and grace the accolades of its area.

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Working with the place, rather than against

When working with a unique space like this, it can be difficult to find the middle ground of completely changing its functionality while maintaining its existing structure. Since our client needed both a generous function area and enclosed office space, the two-story building seemingly worked in favour of our client's office fitout's floor plan requirements. Initially, the upstairs space consisted of an existing residence with internal structural walls separating each bedroom. For many commercial renovations, demolishing existing structures is half the job! However, these internal walls remained in place and accommodated the client's choice to separate independent teams into their rooms at their new office fitout. In the same way, as an existing pub, the downstairs space was suitable as an entertainment/function area. The renovation phase required a relocation of the bar counter and extension of the outdoor terrace, making for a bespoke space fit for events and wine-tasting.


A love letter to Melbourne's architecture

Striving to reflect a company's character through its office fitout, is our highest priority. It was important for our client to have an office fitout that paid homage to the original character of the building. With this in mind, we wanted the look & feel of the office fitout to reflect the existing heritage detailing of the building – something that also deeply resonated with the Melbourne-iconic branding of Blackhearts & Sparrows. We took inspiration from the original stained-glass windows of the existing Pub to inform the space's colour pallet – opting for muted greens and reds across the walls and feature carpet. In the same way, we preserved the exposed brick internal walls throughout the office fitout, serving as a feature both in breakout areas and the office spaces.

Beyond interior design

When choosing a space for your office fitout, it's essential to consider the council permits and approvals required to ensure a smooth build. Canopy's involvement in preparing for the office fitout was more than choosing colour palettes and putting together floor plans for our client. Our comprehensive approach to building office fitouts coupled with our team's extensive knowledge of commercial property spaces, we were able to conduct the background research needed to make sure that this century-old hospitality venue could be used as an office space. This meant arranging the appropriate local council permits for Blackhearts & Sparrows before the build.


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Through meticulous design planning and listening to our client's needs, our team produced a bespoke office fitout reflecting the spirit of its brand and locale. Having the expertise of both our design and construct teams at hand, we were able to offer extensive construction expertise and world-class communication throughout the entire journey of the project. Don’t take our word for it! Hear what our clients have to say about this shop fitout.

Karl and the team were amazing from the initial scoping of the project to the design and then from the demo to build. The follow up post handover has been exemplary and super responsive. Will be using for all future projects and couldn’t recommend more highly!

Paul Ghaie
Co-founder, Blackhearts & Sparrows
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