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 power poles that connect wires vertically and horizontally creating vistas through to the work areas.
With expansive floorplates it was possible to break down the space on both vertical and horizontal perspectives, allowing 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 a 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 workspace 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. The project is one of a handful to have achieved a 6 Star Green Star 'As Built' rating by the Green Building Council of Australia, this represents 'World Leadership' in environmentally sustainable construction.