Arup’s new Melbourne and Sydney offices in Australia’s latest A-Grade CBD commercial buildings are a people-first approach to innovative workplaces.
Located in One Melbourne Quarter and Barrack Place Sydney, the two buildings are the result of detailed planning by designers HASSELL working with Arup.
Both buildings are 6 Star Green Star rated, use 100 per cent renewable power and are targeting high star NABERS ratings for energy and water. They also feature experimental places such as sound and light labs, as well as a variety of spaces which can be adapted to the task at hand, from design thinking and exploration workshops to virtual reality experimental labs. There are also dedicated quiet places for research, focus and reflection.
The Chair of Arup’s Australasia Region, Peter Chamley said Arup wanted to create places where employees can do great work together and welcome clients and collaborators to work alongside them.
“The offices directly reflect our values as well as our current and future working needs,” Mr Chamley explained, “in every sense, they embody and reflect Arup’s emphasis on quality, sustainability, versatility, collaboration and creativity. Collaboration is key to our philosophy and as such our workplaces are open and connected.”
The buildings, which were officially opened today, have presented several different challenges and opportunities. One Melbourne Quarter is part of a new city precinct with its own Sky Park extending over a busy arterial road while Barrack Place is in a warehouse heritage district in the heart of the Sydney CBD.
“These have been unique and exciting opportunities – we are extremely proud to have delivered exemplar buildings which house such market-leading workplaces,” Mr Chamley said.
More information on these projects can be found here.