180 Thomas Street, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
As a national leader in the infrastructure sector, our client required no less than an inspirational work space to promote collaboration, cohesion and increased transparency. This was a relocation project to unite previously dispersed business units into an equitable and collegiate work environment.
Strategic briefing and image response sessions were extensive, and confirmed that the space had to satisfy demand for increased workplace flexibility without losing functional efficiency.
Elements of fluidity, movement and illumination referenced in the design give a subtle nod to the national grid and TransGrid’s core business. The reception area is flanked by reclaimed timber poles that connect wires vertically and horizontally, creating vistas through to the work areas.
With expansive floor plates, it was possible to break down the space on both vertical and horizontal perspectives and thus allow business units to connect and yet be independent at the same time. An offset void and staircase across all three levels gives a backdrop of energy and movement; the void is framed by more timber battens from reclaimed timber power poles.
A naturally ventilated wintergarden is located at the northern end of the building, its double height capitalising on premium views and light. This social and informal meeting place allows the business to come together as whole and is well used by the staff.
The success of this project has been established in the way the staff have embraced their new work space as well as connect with each other across the business. Silos have been removed, transparency increased and a greater sense of equality has been achieved.
4,500 sqm integrated fitout
6 Star Green Star 4.5 NABERS
World Architecture Festival
Winner - WAN Commercial Award
World Architecture News (WAN) Awards
Innovation at 180 Thomas Street, Sydney
TransGrid's Powerful New Workspace