The Allianz Partners workplace in 310 Ann Street is the reconciliation of two offices into a singular head office that reflects the unique needs of the assistance business. Through a series of strategic briefing and rapid prototyping workshops with key stakeholders the high-level brief of a consolidated, inspired, collaborative and future proof workplace was developed into far more meaningful set of key objectives that talked to the unique needs and aspirations of the business. The success of the project is in the way it has visibly helped make a transformative change in the physical setting for their business operations.
The design accommodates an agile staff force of 750+ employees over 7 floors of an 8000m² fit out. In an egalitarian and quintessentially Queensland approach to design, all layers and levels of the business are intertwined and treated with the same level of finish to remove notions of perceived hierarchy. The workplace is planned around a connecting stair that links all levels creating a social landscape at the front half of the building. Meeting, dining and collaborating spaces are layered across the building in this zone to create a series of destinations, encouraging movement throughout all layers of the business.
The key architectural gesture of the awnings stitches together dispersed collection of functional environments. The meandering ribbon of lowered ceiling form and the linking stairs take on a similar detailing providing legibility across the floor plate and between the levels.
The layered landscape of the design provides an urban palette with a series of ‘pavilions’, meeting spaces inserted into the civic context with a layer draping vines woven over the awnings drawing your attention to the active base. These pavilions are then layered with repeating elements of timber-framed doors, porch lights and window boxes. The colour scheme supports the design concept of people and place using humble materials in earthy tones and textures. The outcome is a warm and welcoming environment that provides an open invitation to occupy.
The design reflects a level of transparency and integration through all different departments. The concept of ‘lines of business’ took an approach to project-based neighbourhoods that worked to dissolve department silos. This level of transparency and flexibility of spaces lead to offices being conceived as simple retreat spaces and training rooms designed as project spaces with walls that could peel away when not in use.
The bones of the existing building were exposed and celebrated, from exposed soffits, framing systems, columns and floors. This approach to exposing the frame was carefully considered to ensure it did not impact on the acoustic quality of the space. Recycled content, acoustic surfaces double as; feature wall linings over the exposed core, interactive walls to enable collaboration along the circulation spine and areas to personalise and celebrate the teams within the touchdown zones.
The project was delivered within a 10-month programme from strategic briefing to hand over on site and was delivered significantly under budget. The open and collaborative dialogue between the project manager, client, quantity surveyor, contractor and consultant team were paramount in the successful delivery of this tailored environment within the time and budgetary constraints.
- Agile working
- Flexible fitout
- Activated mesh zone linked within interconnecting stairs
- Interior planting in breakouts and workspace areas
- Centralised individual lockers
- Variety of ergonomic work settings
- Focus on collaborative spaces and transparency