Flexibility, openness, connectedness and collaboration were key objectives in this new workplace project

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Stockland Brisbane

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Details

Client
Stockland Qld
Location
Level 4, 99 Melbourne Street South Brisbane, Queensland
Completion
2017
Services
Full Interior Design Services
Size

1,300 m2 GFA

Description

Stockland’s new workplace embodies a vibrant and connected environment tailored to its business and people.

The brief was to provide Stockland with a transformative space that would enable the business to engage and test in new modes of working.  Acting as a pilot for Stockland’s potential transition to activity based working, the project had a national significance for the organisation.

Located in an existing building at the edge of Brisbane’s CBD and being the top level of the building, there were opportunities to make an impressive volumetric solution with a measurable increase in natural light and views to the outside. This was central to re-imagining the spatial quality of the space for Stockland.

The interior identity is based on a narrative which connects the diverse portfolio of the business and draws upon themes from the retail and residential communities that Stockland create.  Associations to retail arcades, shopfronts, the Queensland vernacular houses and open parks with play structures are expressed in a variety of form, section, material and details of the workplace.

The central ‘arcade’ connects across the full length of the floor plate creating a circulation walk and threshold for reception, collaboration and quiet rooms, lockers and incidental conversations.  The arcade is rich in texture, tone and experience.  A continuous vaulted ceiling creates a heightened sense of enclosure and intimacy illuminated with custom lighting. High pile carpet is quiet and soft underfoot with VJ linings and double glazed timber windows reminiscent of shop fronts.  Sheer curtains provide a softening level of privacy to the rooms. Signage to each of the rooms is graphically represented on finely detailed discs mounted above the timber framed glazed doors.  The tonal quality of the arcade and the rooms are derived from a Queensland heritage palette.

In contrast, breakout and work spaces are located within the high volume with increased natural light and connection to the sky through the exposed high level spandrel windows.  The green landscape of the interior and terraces combined with the shared views of the Melbourne Street fig trees create an elevated park in the city.  A variety of joinery and furniture work points are integrated throughout the spaces with seamless technology that enable staff choice and movement throughout the working day. Built joinery elements such as the kitchen and reception are reminiscent of park play structures such as monkey bars and spinning merry-go-rounds.

The programme for the project followed an intense eight (8) week process from initial briefing to delivery of tender documentation.  A tailored process was derived to enable a linear process of weekly design, collaboration with Stockland and direct feedback.  The ability to meet the programme was paramount to the success of the project due to tight staging and leasing agreements.

Location

Level 4, 99 Melbourne Street South Brisbane, Queensland

Brief Elements

  • One entrance point, with central 'Arcade' linking the entire floorplate
  • No 'offices'
  • Variety of ergonomic work settings, with approximately 50% sit to stand workpoints
  • Activated outdoor terrace areas with integrated planting
  • Interior planting in breakouts and workspace areas
  • Wi-fi enabled throughout the Park space
  • Centralised individual lockers
  • Activity Based Working (ABW) brief established by Incorp

Consultants

Built
Principal Builder
Exico Group
Structural Engineers
Umow Lai
ESD Consultant, Mechanical, Electrical, Hydraulic and Fire Services
ASK Consulting Engineers
Acoustic Engineers
Building Performance
Built Environment Consultant
Mark Gannon & Associates
Quantity Surveyor
McKenzie Group Consulting
Certifier