Xero is a young, global, online accountancy software company. It is expanding rapidly and embracing principles of technology, efficiency, and connectivity with a fresh, upbeat approach. When designing Xero’s Melbourne Headquarters, Idle Architecture Studio has drawn on these traits for inspiration. Fundamentally, this is a modern workplace. Upon entering the building the visitor is made to feel welcome. The mood is industrial, with natural light flooding in from the north and south. Glimpses of the ‘spill-out area’, informal meeting room, kitchen area and staircase are afforded from the foyer of this open-plan office. The beautifully crafted, blackbutt reception desk sets the standard of detailing and materiality upheld throughout. Upstairs the industrial mood transforms into a stylish, open-plan workspace where custom-designed desks, timber partitions and cable management pillars seamlessly accommodate functional requirements of a contemporary office.