The work environment is divided between two contrasting spatial types, one focused on high performance and the other on hospitality.
Within the work floor is the tech space with a data wall which acts as a command centre. Bates Smart Workplace Strategist, Kellie Payne comments: “We placed all data and information at their fingertips, which means staff can work more quickly and effectively than ever before.”
Bates Smart worked with a technology consultant to design the data wall in line with the high productivity working practices of the sector. Facilitating agile workflows was a key objective for the workplace.
In contrast to the tech space, the other part of the office is a verandah-style hospitality and breakout area. The pale timber and white stone materials give a natural and casual ambience. The high quality finishes similar to a five star cafe space ensure staff don’t feel they are missing out on what the city offers in the way of cafe culture.
“We designed the space to be an antidote to the high-focus atmosphere of the tech area. When you walk into the breakout space there’s a real sense of relaxation. We’ve also made it feel like you’re standing outside", said Brenton Smith, Studio Director, Bates Smart.
Bates Smart worked closely with the ASX to create a workplace environment that reflects a new way of working for staff. “It was really important for us to understand the DNA of our clients — IT people get that there is an edge to them that makes them unique. They know who they are and how they work. Our job is to express and celebrate that in our design of their workplace,’ said Brenton.