Northbourne Avenue, Canberra
Dickson, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
The new ACT Government building introduces a 6-level campus-style building into Dickson’s developing mixed-use precinct. Inside, 13,200sqm have been designed as an activity-based workplace that shifts how the Government works, enabling people to more easily collaborate, share ideas, focus and socialise.
The building is ordered and orthogonal on Northbourne Avenue, and softer and organic along Dickson Interchange—a formal response to the civic and town centre contexts that surround it. People enter via a warm, timber lined double-height lobby located off a new plaza.
Beyond the lobby, a full height, triangular and naturally lit atrium complements a dramatic spiral staircase to connect all floors. Primary circulation occurs along the atrium’s open edge, with undulations that reference Canberra’s topography and evolution. Five work floors can accommodate 1,000 staff and offer a range of settings and rooms. Informal meeting spaces are located at each end to encourage movement through the building.