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To celebrate artistic culture and exude a sense of business confidence, companies will often invest in high-profile artworks – and VMS is no exception, including a Warhol amongst its pieces, for example. “VMS wanted the reception area in the new offices to create an appropriate backdrop environ- ment to display their art acquisitions. To achieve this we specified muted tones in this area, including painting the lift core lobby in soft hues and intro- ducing a beige-toned floor and timber accent wall. “However while we wanted to create a restful decor to showcase the art, we also wanted several elements to have a sculptural look of their own.” The dramatic marble reception desk with its long cantilever underpinned by steel is one such feature. Another is a structural column which has been clad search | save | share at in polished stainless steel to reflect views from an adjacent window. The window itself is another art-like inclusion – in that it is framed as though it were a painting, with the bustling real-life harbour being the subject. To the rear of the VMS reception, a curved wall of ribbed glass appears opaque from front on, but affords glimpses into the room behind as you move across the space. Another aesthetic requested by the client was one of upmarket hospitality, with the boardroom achieving the feel of a bookable conference room in a grand hotel. Fabric on the walls, a grand soffit ceiling and flowing light feature are examples of the relaxed luxuriousness of the room. Another hospitality-accented space – possibly with the biggest impact of all – is the VIP room. Below:Spanish sandstone floors and a timber clad wall feature in the lift lobby. As VMS occupies the entire top floor of the building it was able to control the look of this core area as well. Facing page:The boardroom has the feel of a plush venue in a five-star hotel with feature lighting, custom fabric, a cove ceiling and operable wall panels finished in traditional prints. The television can be screened from sight with leather panelling.