There are 29 shortlisted entries within the workplace design category. Take a look at some shortlisted entries below.
KPMG Perth (Woods Bagot)
The indigenous significance of the site as a peaceful ‘no warfare’ zone has informed the design team, inspiring them to create an agile workplace that is welcoming and provides opportunities for collaboration and bonding between employees. The design features various elements inspired by nature, such as an undulating timber wall at the reception that references Western Australia’s Wave Rock. Other natural elements used throughout the design include circular meeting rooms that emulate campfires, as well as blue hues and terracotta glazed stone to reference the ocean and nearby rock formations. The design was also inspired by the indigenous practice of burning the land to aid in seed germination during the fire season of Birak. The use of orange hues and smoke motifs with green forests represent this process, which symbolises “a time of rebirth and new possibilities”.
Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre Executive Workplace (DesignInc)
The predominant palette of spotted gum timber complemented by warm, coppery tones and darker hues creates a welcoming environment. The design seeks to invite users on a journey through nature, with an undulating timber wall and timber fins evoking a sense of journey through a forest.
Havas Village (Hammond Studio)
The HQ of Havas Group comprises mainly of open plan workspaces which encourage collaboration and connections among employees. Where required, enclosed spaces are located within freestanding timber pavilions. Set within the former Bushell’s Tea Building, the industrial past of the site is expressed through the heritage pitched roof; exposed untreated timber columns, beams and joists above exposed mechanical services; as well as through the use of cobble stone flooring in the ground floor lobby.
Hallmarc Offices Collins Street (Hallmarc)
The expansion of Hallmarc’s existing head office at Emirates House resulted in a contemporary office spanning two levels after transformation of the former plant room and care taker’s office. Anchored by a sculptural feature staircase, the refined palette is complemented by light filled spaces to create an elegant space that facilitates a collaborative environment.
The Commons QV (Foolscap Studio)
The new flagship workspace of The Commons seeks to bring ‘work’ and ‘wow’ together, with an emphasis on disruptive innovation. Although the space utilises a conventional regular grid to organise spaces, Foolscap Studio deliberately disrupts this pattern by introducing curved, fluid social spaces as a reinforcement of the space’s design values of innovation through disruption. The workspace softens the boundaries between work and social activities, in order to encourage collaboration within the community of The Commons. Examples include an amphitheatre-style conversation pit and comfortable breakout areas of varying levels of privacy.
Cobild HQ (Mim Design)
Responding to the mesh cladding on the building’s exterior, Cobild HQ is characterised by textural exploration. A curation of textures, including natural stone, powder coated metal, concrete, leather, timber and an extensive use of mesh framework creates a tactile environment that conveys transparency and authenticity.
Energy and Water Ombudsman Victoria (WMK Architecture)
The demanding nature of handling complaints called for a design for the not-for-profit organisation that prioritised employee wellbeing. Occupying an entire floor of the Melbourne Central Tower at 360 Elizabeth Street, Energy and Water Ombudsman Victoria’s office space is designed to take users on a ‘river walk’ along a meandering river, enabling opportunities for accidental interaction between employees. The colour palette, which is drawn from the Australian landscape, coupled with greenery, provides a calming escape from the bustle of the city.
Australian Unity (Bates Smart)
The design consists of three ‘villages’ across 9 levels, which are further divided into ‘neighbourhoods’, all designed to foster connections between the company’s large workforce of more than 1000 employees. The agile hub-style workplace by Bates Smart allows for flexibility and adaptability. The three villages are linked by a large stairwell and void, and comprise meeting rooms, a theatre, a café, semi-private client spaces, a two-floor amphitheatre that acts as a village square, as well as a range of work zones. The workspace fosters a collaborative environment, where it encourages users to move from more intimate spaces to broader spaces, thereby forming relationships with others.
Transurban Melbourne (Hassell)
The Hassell designed Transurban Melbourne office at 727 Collins Street seeks to create a workplace that conjures the urban environment. The journey through the urban setting created in Transurban begins with the entry, where bluestone paving, a reflective ceiling and greenery embedded in the floor is reminiscent of an urban plaza, while floor-to-ceiling billboards demonstrate Transurban’s emphasis on technology. These unexpected elements replicate the sense of wonder that ensnares users as they undertake a journey of discovery through cities. A circular void framed by black steel railings linking all floors allows users to connect with each other, thus forming a bustling hub - a common characteristic of dynamic and fast-paced metropolises.
Other shortlisted entries in this category include Woods Bagot’s CBA Axle in South Eveleigh, Space&Co. 580 George Street by BVN, Cox Architecture’s Charter Hall Workplace, Cera Stribley’s Thinkerbell HQ, Fowler and Ward’s NAR Office, and Geyer designed workspaces in Barangaroo South’s International Towers Sydney. Winners will be announced in an online ceremony on the 29th of May.
Cover Image: Australian Unity by Bates Smart (Image: Bates Smart)