IT’S BEEN A WHILE SINCE WE SAW A UNI­CORN. THIRTY OR SO YEARS, IN FACT.

GQ (Australia) - - THE BILLIONAIRE BOYS -

That vision came early one morn­ing, a Satur­day, over some dippy eggs and sol­diers. A splen­did white beast with fow­ing brown mane, it was rid­den to full power by a part­time princess: She-ra. Cut to now – tum­bling to the bot­tom of Syd­ney’s Martin Place, across Ge­orge Street and into a 1920s build­ing of mar­ble and bank­ing. It’s here that Aus­tralia’s most cel­e­brated uni­corns live – their lair on the sixth foor of the his­tor­i­cal site, above the tarted-up bank branch and be­yond the fed­eral Depart­ment of In­dus­try, In­no­va­tion and Science. That there was once a shoot­ing range on the build­ing’s roof (for bank em­ploy­ees to prac­tise their aim in hours of leisure) prompts a smirk on en­ter­ing the three-storey set-up – foam, or­ange-tipped Nerf gun pel­lets wedged into the folds of a wel­com­ing blue-fab­ric couch. The pres­ence of these ‘bul­lets’ speaks of an of­fce of youth­ful play, of cre­ativ­ity. It’s a theme that con­tin­ues as we wan­der past the free staff bar, Char­lie’s (four lo­cal taps, in­clu­sive of a niche cider), ping pong ta­ble and pool­room. The lat­ter’s as lifted from an un­der­grad share house – the cen­tral, green-felt ta­ble sur­rounded by a stan­dard se­lec­tion of bat­tered couches, com­ple­mented by a ran­dom mix of ob­jets; ran­dom, ex­cept that on closer in­spec­tion, the 12 bob­ble-headed dolls sit­ting pride of place are minia­ture, nod­ding in­ter­pre­ta­tions of key com­pany em­ploy­ees, in­clud­ing the uni­corns we’ve come here to meet. Into an­other lift – the place is labyrinthine – and we ar­rive at an airy main hub smacked by nat­u­ral light. A nearby white wall has ‘Sm­plfy’ writ­ten large across its length. It’s a word (al­beit twisted into an ad­jec­tive and cor­rectly spelt) we’d use to de­scribe the sar­to­rial ap­proach of the work­ers in view – most sport­ing an un­of­f­cial uni­form that doesn’t go far be­yond boot-cut jeans or shorts, paired with blue/white com­pany logo T-shirts. Shoes, it seems, are op­tional. Men dom­i­nate the space – gen­er­ally wiry, of­ten bearded.

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