Australian Unity, Melbourne
271 Spring Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Challenged with creating a new flexible workplace able to accommodate over 1000 staff, Australian Unity engaged Bates Smart to design a space providing connection between people, heritage and community.
The hub-style workplace focuses on wellness and enabling an agile, technology reliant workforce. Bates Smart created three floor ‘villages’, all connected via a large stairwell and void. Socially engineered lower floors encourage collaboration, innovation and people engagement, nurturing a sense of purpose and personal relationships.
The new workspace is designed for flexibility and adaptability. It encourages movement between intimate spaces to broader areas including a café and retail zone, training spaces, meeting and dining areas, and a two floor amphitheatre acting as a village square.
A large array of comfortable and inviting indoor and outdoor spaces contribute to the project’s WELL Building Index aspirations and underpin the collaborative aims for the work environment.