Harvey Norman Commercial’s Creativity Flows for Design Challenge


Hickory’s Market Lane in South Melbourne has been lauded as the new “non-office” for its dynamic and visionary human-centric design.

It has reimagined the traditional office space, addressing key concepts of liveability, health and wellness to create a workplace of the future—remodelling one typically overlooked amenity into something remarkable along the way.

Award-winning architects Elenberg Fraser had a vision for a ceiling-mounted water outlet in the landmark commercial project’s Wellness Centre.

Hickory tasked Harvey Norman Commercial Victoria to find an innovative, elegant yet simple solution, one that would work with the planned custom circular, floor-mounted vessel basin with no visible mixers for dispensing water.

Thanks to its supply chain strength, Harvey Norman Commercial Victoria found the right partner in Gentec Australia.

It became an exciting product development project, according to Warren Hadley, senior account manager, Harvey Norman Commercial Victoria.

“We’re extremely proud of the end result. It’s a work of art that delivers on brief and is in keeping with the overall ultra-high finishes of the project,” Hadley said.

▲ Harvey Norman Commercial Victoria teamed with Gentec to create a custom solution to a design challenge.

Gentec combined cutting-edge touchless technology with its flexibility for customisation to fit Market Lane’s architectural intent.

The bespoke, touch-free water dispensing spout features a laminar cache aerator that sits flush with the bottom of the tap, creating an elegant profile and a crystal-clear water stream.

State-of-the-art laser sensor technology allows water to descend from the ceiling with just a wave—no tap or mixer required.

“We knew that laser technology would fit perfectly into the scope,” Steve Pensen, Gentec innovations and production manager said.

Both aerator and sensor end had to fit flush, so Gentec crafted a one-of-a-kind housing and mounting flange for the project.

“The brief from the client was straightforward; the challenge was to materialise the requirements with space and time constraints,” Sandro Pedone, Gentec Australia’s development engineer, said.

Gentec custom-manufactured the spout to match the project’s signature Heritage Brass tapware finish, ensuring the bespoke piece effortlessly matched the overall architectural design.

The final result combines functionality and aesthetics with the kind of experiential design that transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary.

Considering a custom-built hydration solution for your next project? Get in touch with the experienced team at Harvey Norman Commercial. As a trusted brand house with strong supply chain, they are keen to share their expertise and know-how.

With showrooms at Port Melbourne in Victoria; Taren Point, Somersby and Nowra in New South Wales; Mitchell, ACT; Mile End, SA; Osborne Park, Western Australia; Stapylton, Warana and Townsville, Queensland; Darwin, NT; and Cambridge, Tasmania; Harvey Norman Commercial offers an invaluable resource for all project requirements.

Main image: Craig Moodie Photography

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