The Samuel Smith & Sons group, parent of Yalumba wines, recently opened its 926 square metre headquarters in Sydney designed by Patrick Caroscio of Design Think. The new interior was completed by the Intermain team and involved complex interior works including production room, large boardroom, reception, offices, a kitchen and wine tasting areas.

“Yalumba have a brief of doing things properly,” remarks project designer Patrick Caroscio. “They obviously have their look and feel and they know what they like and don’t. On their property near Angaston in the Barossa Valley they have converted historic warehouses so this showroom was designed as a double-height space too. Speaking with the guys at Intermain we decided to keep the concrete raw and it was a really good suggestion. It needed to have the right building company to make that work. Instead of painting it, we briefed the subcontractors to ensure that the wiring and details worked with the interior. Intermain made sure that everyone knew what we wanted to achieve.”

Spanning a year and a half for design and build, the project was managed between the Intermain team in Sydney and Samuel Smith & Sons in Adelaide where Yalumba and the designer are based.

“Most of the team were based in Adelaide so everyone is really happy with how it has turned out. Intermain is very professional in the way they approach things, everything is documented in meetings. It was a really well run process. The building process has enough issues, they seem to streamline it all.”

Bespoke detailing in the tasting rooms, reception and boardroom involved Intermain creating items onsite, including intricate timber detailing and the construction of gabion walls. The team spent time searching for the right rocks in Sydney that would best match their geological counterpart in Adelaide.

“When the base building people were pouring the concrete their pump exploded and oil went all over the stones, so Jim and his team individually cleaned the rocks which now look fantastic,” remembers Patrick. “Around here they use the gabions along roadways so it’s an important reference back to the Yalumba winery and the landscape in the Barossa.”