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One Shelley Street, Sydney, Australia 
Thursday 06 Jan 2011
 
Transparent workplace for 3,000 employees in Sydney 
 
Clive Wilkinson Architects 
 
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26/06/11 Marina, Sydney
The fit-out looks good, the way the people work in this building is even more fascinating... Changing 2500 people to work in a new way without owning a desk is impressive...
05/02/11 Darshan, Pune
fantastic spatial arrangement!!
14/01/11 abu razeen, kuala lumpur
something pleasantly different...........................
11/01/11 nigel Fitton, Melbourne
congratulations Clive, nice one
 

Flexible and dynamic workspace with floating meeting rooms enriches working atmosphere and nurtures productivity 

On behalf of the Macquarie Group, Clive Wilkinson Architects implemented a radical, large-scale workplace design in Sydney, Australia. The project is an effort to reframe the requirements and performance of the 21st Century office by leveraging mobility, transparency, multiple tailor-made work settings, destination work plazas, follow-me technology and carbon neutral systems.

Integrated with a base building design from Fitzpatrick and Partners and supported by executive architect Woods Bagot, both in Sydney, Clive Wilkinson Architects proposed a design solution that opens up the 10-story atrium vertically, showcasing cantilevered meeting pods that form a 'Meeting Tree' throughout the atrium.

The rooms are made accessible via an open staircase which provides an animated vertical connection and links them all together. The visible energy of people circulating and interacting in the highly transparent atrium underscores Macquarie's revitalized brand as a forward-thinking and highly collaborative company.

One Shelley Street has been designed to the highest levels of Green Star or LEED efficiency, benefitting from radical technologies like harbor water cooling, chilled beams and zone controlled lighting. A large percentage of furniture was adapted and re-used, but most significantly, ABW working allows a huge saving in resource efficiency, real estate and operating costs.

Environmentally their new office building has reduced their carbon emissions by 60%. Paper usage has been reduced by 35% in the first year alone and 98% of the employees said they supported the cultural change embodied in the new workplace.

The business benefit of mobile working is the ability to ensure that the space operates with a higher intensity of usage (approximately 80%) rather than the typical 40% efficiency in traditional offices. Because of this and the focus on collaboration, the energy level in the office is correspondingly richer.

Social

In its first year, 37,286 people visited the building, varying from organized tours for CEOs of Australia’s top businesses to family and friends invited by employees to show off their new workplace (60% of employees invited relatives and friends). This illustrates the impact it has on the local community beyond the recognition that has become apparent in the 20 industry awards it received for workplace and sustainable initiatives.

Technological

One Shelley Street has been designed to the highest levels of Green Star or LEED efficiency, benefitting from radical technologies like harbor water cooling, chilled beams and zone controlled lighting. A large percentage of furniture was adapted and re-used, but most significantly, ABW working allows a huge saving in resource efficiency, real estate and operating costs.

Environmental

Compared to the client’s headquarters, the implementation of ABW effectively doubled the annual cost savings already achieved by the integrated design of the base building. Environmentally their new office building has reduced their carbon emissions by 60%. Paper usage has been reduced by 35% in the first year alone and 98% of the employees said they supported the cultural change embodied in the new workplace. The effects of the change in the built environment on performance and health are currently being studied in collaboration with two universities in Sydney. With the completion of One Shelley Street, part of an expanding CBD, the harbor area gained a striking landmark that further diversifies the beautiful Sydney harbor development.

Productivity

Surrounding the Atrium, the ABW work system is structured in neighborhoods of approximately 100 people, which provide the employees with a variety of work-settings. Since these settings specifically address the variety of daily tasks performed, productivity is enhanced. Through this open architecture and use of flexible technology (everyone uses laptops, wireless presenters allow for information sharing, follow-me printing limits paper waste), tools are provided that enable and empower the employees to work wherever and whenever they want, essentially creating one fluid work environment. This creates an experience where empowerment leads to employees identifying with their environment, thus creating the feel of a greater community. The business benefit of mobile working is the ability to ensure that the space operates with a higher intensity of usage (approximately 80%) rather than the typical 40% efficiency in traditional offices. Because of this and the focus on collaboration, the energy level in the office is correspondingly richer.

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Clive Wilkinson Architects
www.clivewilkinson.com

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