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Cricket, coffee, co-work­ing and Cap­tain’s Choice

The Australian - The Deal - - News - SI­MONE FOX KOOB

EX-PHYSIO turned busi­ness man­ager Naomi Tosic and her hus­band Boris, a builder, saw po­ten­tial in an un­usu­ally shaped 1940s art deco Paramount Pic­tures build­ing on a cor­ner in in­ner-Syd­ney’s Surry Hills. Not to fill with a cafe, restau­rant or gallery but with lux­ury of­fices. Suc­cess with a sim­i­lar ven­ture meant the pair were con­fi­dent a new style of co-work­ing was in de­mand.

“We have had a long­stand­ing love af­fair with this iconic Surry Hills build­ing and we felt we could do some­thing re­ally spe­cial with the her­itage-listed site,” says Boris.

The pair worked with in­ter­na­tional global de­sign and con­sult­ing firm Woods Bagot on the pro­ject, tak­ing in­spi­ra­tion from the 1960s New York aes­thetic of Mad Men.

From the dark curves of the Amer­i­can cherry oak walls, to the tan leather and brass fit­tings, the hand-crafted suites cel­e­brate Aus­tralian de­sign with a nod to the build­ing’s her­itage. Small touches such as the cigar hu­mi­dors housed in hid­den oak cab­i­nets, sug­gest Don Draper would feel at home here.

“It’s de­signed for peo­ple who ei­ther love de­sign them­selves or want to im­press their clients,” says Naomi. “The CBD is the CBD any­where, whereas this has got a unique flair.”

The of­fices are used by clients work­ing in prop­erty, pro­ject man­age­ment, ar­chi­tec­ture, ad­vo­cacy groups and mar­ket­ing. The of­fice spa­ces ac­com­mo­date sin­gles or groups of up to four peo­ple, and un­like the sys­tem in other cor­po­rate hot-de­sk­ing chains, in­di­vid­u­als who are trav­el­ling can use the meet­ing rooms and workspaces with­out com­mit­ting to on­go­ing g of­fice rental. Perks in­clude full use of the kitchen and bar, out­fit­ted with mar­ble benches, Marc New­son and Nori­take glass­ware and dec­o­rated with art by Ben Quilty; a full concierge ser­vice; and ac­cess to a fully equipped board­room.

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