Australia Post continues to make connections with rejuvenated Sydney HQ
For the past two years, Carr Design Group has been working closely with Australia Post to reignite its Sydney Headquarters, now renamed StarTrack House. The commercial facility is now operational, following a dramatic rejuvenation scheme.
The building on Cleveland Street, Sydney was first used as the Redfern Mail Exchange in 1965 and was the first mail facility in Australia to sort post automatically by postcode. Fast forward almost sixty years and Australia Post is still looking to lead the way, with a cutting-edge facility designed to boost interaction and collaboration between colleagues.
Claudette Leeming, Practice Director of Carr Design Group, said: “Australia Post has transformed its occupation of the site and celebrates the site’s history. Cementing its ongoing stewardship, Australia Post brings its business together through consolidation of space and cultural integration of teams, adopting work practices that are future ready.”
Carr Design Group generated a new entrance atrium, providing shelter from the elements and creating a strong architectural presence for the organisation. This atrium appears as a colonnade of steel columns topped with a silvery meshwork to reduce the glare from the sun.
Access ramps and terraces have been integrated throughout to ensure ease of access for all, as stipulated in the design brief. Also meeting the brief is the new focus on collaboration, innovation and connectivity, with the interior volumes moving away from the traditional office layout towards a more open-plan feel with shared spaces for collaboration. Each area is differentiated through the use of colour and graphics.
Australia Post Chief Operating Officer Ewen Stafford furthers: “Our business is all about connecting people and supporting them with their communication needs. We wanted to create an environment that would facilitate connections - both within the building and with the surrounding community.”