Start-ups for the blue-chip: GroupGSA design challenge for Stone & Chalk

Stone & Chalk, an independent fintech hub, paid one-third the cost of a normal office fitout for its new Sydney CBD site.

While the hub exists to support technology services and products for the blue-chip financial services industry, it wanted its own office to preserve the meaning of ‘start-up.’

“They’re targeting the blue-chip market - that’s the ironic thing,” said Peter McCamley, GroupGSA interiors director. “They were very sensitive to the place being too slick. They were very sensitive to losing the philosophy of what start-up meant.”

Consequently, the two levels of the NSW government-backed start-up hub at 11 York Street includes second-hand furniture sourced from op-shops in an effort to keep the blue-chip out of its residents. But suits aren’t entirely disallowed in Stone & Chalk. The hub, which formerly occupied 50 Bridge Street, dedicates about half of its new office space to a communal area where residents gather regularly for collaborative sessions.

“They really work very hard to create a community of people that really know each other,” McCamley said.

Image source: Luc Remond

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