2019 Sydney Design Awards

spaces, objects, visual, graphic, digital & experience design, design champion, best studio & best start-up, plus over 40 specialist categories

accelerate transformation, celebrate courage, growing demand for design

Key Dates

6 March - Launch Event
7 May - Standard Deadline
26 August - Final Deadline
28 August - Judging
3 September - Rating Closes
5 September - Winners Announced
22 October - Awards Presentation

Herbert Smith Freehills [DRAFT]

Image Credit : All photos by Nicole England



Project Overview

In a move signalling a new era of modern working in the Australian legal industry, Herbert Smith Freehills made the decision to transition its Business Services team in Sydney from the CBD to a new business hub in Macquarie Park. We were appointed to realise their vision and deliver a flexible, innovative and collaborative workplace.

Project Commissioner

Herbert Smith Freehills

Project Creator



Luke Quinlan - Associate, Design
Maree Filippello - Senior Designer
Madalena De Barros - Principal, Design
Frank Zaragoza - Senior Designer, Technical Specialist

Project Brief

Herbert Smith Freehills wanted to invest in a new workplace for their business support services to thrive, a place where they could develop an independent culture focusing on people first.

We were briefed to deliver a flexible, innovative and collaborative workplace for their team, as they made a move from the Sydney CBD into a new business hub in Macquarie Park. This transition encourages collaborative working while still following Herbert Smith Freehills' global design guidelines.

Project Innovation/Need

Herbert Smith Freehills' new workplace adopts an agile model; a new concept for them, and a relatively new concept in the legal industry. Their global design standards were adapted to fit with this new way of working to maximise variety in space

Design Challenge

Our team responded to a tight schedule to deliver the project on time and within budget with the Herbert Smith Freehills team commenting that Unispace “surpassed expectations.”


To fit out their new space, Herbert Smith Freehills' business services team reused 80% of their furniture from their CBD offices, enabling them to save on costs. Their more recently constructed rooftop pavillion features a mix of succulents and other plants that require limited water. The tables in their pavillion are all decorated and crafted with recycled glass and ceramic, adding pops of colour to the space.

This award celebrates innovative and creative building interiors, with consideration given to space creation and planning, furnishings, finishes, aesthetic presentation and functionality. Consideration also given to space allocation, traffic flow, building services, lighting, fixtures, flooring, colours, furnishings and surface finishes.
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