Is this Australia’s most impressive heritage restoration?

Set within the former Paramount Studios offices in Sydney's Surry Hills, Paramount by The Office Space is breathtaking down to the finest detail.

Completed in 2015, Paramount by The Office Space is the second Surry Hills location for boutique shared office outfit, The Office Space.

Before coworking concepts like WeWork, The Office Space was the forerunner for a more fluid, flexible working way of life in Australia - offering beautiful, high-end design office suites and studios on short-term leases, as well as five-star hotel style service. Think mini-bars, call screening, and rooftop cocktail parties for its resident businesses. 

Design detail is a key part of The Office Space offering - so when the opportunity to partake in the loving restoration of the former Paramount Pictures building in Surry Hills came about, business owners Boris and Naomi Tosic began to plan their second location - and an office more impressive than most could imagine. 

Once the Sydney offices of Paramount Pictures, the art deco 40s-era building had already undergone part restorations. The basement theatrette had become the Golden Age Cinema and Bar screening both new and classic movies; the ground floor is now a trendy espresso bar and cafe called Paramount Coffee Project. The Office Space would be the next piece in the puzzle to bring the building into a new era. 

Designed by architects at Woods Bagot, the Paramount by The Office Space features 22 handcrafted office suites, that mimic the curvature of the building as well as its heritage art deco details.

Joinery is dense, caramel-coloured custom-made American Cherry timber, created by master joiners at Elan. This is layered with brass accents, honeyed lighting, ceramics, and leather. It's as though you've stepped on to the set of Mad Men - there is even a whiskey cabinet, and a brass cigar drawer in the main boardroom. 

To complete the glamorous heritage restoration, mid-century furniture has been installed throughout, like the iconic Eames Time-Life executive chair, and the Gio Ponti reclining lounge.

The offices also feature the Tosic's unique collection of contemporary art - there are large murals from Australian artists like Ben Quilty and Del Kathryn Barton, as well as rarer finds like American pop artist Corita Kent.

A breathtaking brass sculpture by local Sydney artist Morgan Shimeld acts as a bar in the kitchen space. The restoration was awarded best office design at the World Architecture Festival in 2016. 

The next addition to the Paramount building will be a boutique hotel. Made up of 29 totally unique rooms, it's due to open early 2018.  

For more impressive and unique heritage restorations watch Restoration of the Year with Kevin McCloud on the Lifestyle Channel. Thursdays at 8.30pm from 14 December.  


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