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Australian Unity, Melbourne

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Australian Unity
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 fosters a culture of wellbeing and underpin the collaborative aims for the work environment.

Client
Australian Unity

Area
12,500 sqm

Completion
2019