Yamaha Music Australia Headquarters
Yamaha Music is a project that evokes positive memories long after its completion. Starting with a sophisticated client, knowledgeable enough to challenge details, yet allowing creative design freedom. The inspiration was drawn from Yamaha’s deep music roots combined with Japanese influence.
The multi-faceted space allows for a modern office environment, to work amongst auditorium, sound recording studios and AV theatre, and to top it all off, a grand entry/events space to welcome guests. The final result was one that instils confidence as a design firm, that fulfilled the functional brief, assisted in brand evolution and allowed staff to flourish.
Starting with a sophisticated client, knowledgeable enough to challenge details, yet allowing creative design freedom, we were able to come to a design that was aesthetically beautiful, fulfilled the needs of the space and paid homage to Yamaha’s rich history.
Following traditional Japanese design concepts, we tried to harmonise nature with design throughout with the use of natural wooden materials, while keeping things minimalist and uncomplicated.
The way in which we implemented the timber elements makes walking through the office akin to being inside an acoustic guitar.
Integrating the brand, culture and lifestyle of the company within the space provided an increased feeling of interconnectedness to the community. The final result was one that instils confidence as a design firm: fulfilling the functional brief, assisting brand evolution and allowing staff to flourish.
The importance of supporting local manufacturers were taken into consideration when looking for products, as this not only benefits our local industry, but also reduces the carbon footprint of the goods being delivered to site.
This project showcased exactly how thoughtful professional design can bring together all the facets that make up a company: its function, its history, its people and its image.
The experience of leaving the elevator doors is akin to stepping into a musical sanctuary. The combination of the self-playing grand piano, warm flickering of the fireplace, and the historical instruments in the glass displays evoke ones journey through Yamaha\’s brand.
We were required to design a multi-faceted space which had competing acoustic demands working in parallel. This included a large 90 person open-office environment that shared space with a 80 person auditorium playing live acoustic and/or amplified music, an active silent music/sound recording studio, a silent AV theatre room and an events place that would all be used within standard working hours.
The magic happened when we closely ran workshops between the client, acoustic consultants, materials suppliers and the design team, to effectively provide the end result.
The main inspiration for the design were the beautiful Yamaha instruments, the aesthetic of which we tried to implement into the design throughout. The display, events/entrance area, music studio and breakout areas celebrated their magic of music. This was demonstrated by strategically showcasing instruments in a gallery-like
fashion as precious works of art.
The staircase balustrade was also a main feature where we took inspiration from a traditional Japanese pattern.
Leading towards the staircase, a motorcycle is displayed, associating the music headquarters with Yamaha’s affiliated company.