Everyone likes to make a good first impression, and the foyer, or lobby, of your commercial building says a lot about your business.
Making an entrance isn't what it used to be. Today's office foyers are evolving with the times and provide opportunities for chance encounters with workmates.
“Historically, there was the status lobby – the big, grand foyer with some guy sitting in a large, overly scaled space,” says Jeff Morgan, Grimshaw Architects Associate Principal.
“But lobbies are becoming more diverse and more engaging, where people meet and greet, not just walk across and press a button to get into a lift.”
They may include retail spaces, breakout spaces, and art and design that is unique to the building. The new foyer includes many of the principles of urbanism, an approach that looks not just at the built environment but how people interact with it.
Tomek Archer, Archer Office Director, says that a key facet of urbanism is facilitating the chance encounter, something that is greatly reduced if the lobby directs people to their desks with too much efficiency.
“The foyer is an extension of the urban surface outside and it is a shared space, a public space within a private building,” says Archer.
“So it becomes a stage for activations, temporary events and just thinking about how you can bump into each other and socialise.”
Andrew Cortese, Grimshaw Architects Managing Partner, says “Sydney offices have a sophisticated approach to workplaces and the relationship to workplaces and to the public.”
Here are five Sydney foyers that showcase the new ethos.