Friday 03 Dec 2010


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Santos staff are treated to beautiful new Brisbane workplace

Santos is a major Australian oil and gas exploration and production company with interests and operations in every major Australian petroleum province, as well as in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Vietnam, India, Bangladesh, Kyrgyzstan and Egypt.

The brief for this project was driven by a desire to have Santos Brisbane located in premises of a similar standard to the company’s Adelaide Headquarters (also designed by BVN Architecture). The design guide included key themes and components of Santos Adelaide, utilising many similar items and layouts, whilst strongly reflecting and representing a local Brisbane and Queensland theme. The physical design resulted from a process of continual engagement with the Santos Working Review Group to ensure that both functional and aspirational requirements were met in a way that incorporated the best of the Adelaide Headquarters, whilst being forward looking and distinctly visually different to what had come before.

Santos Place Brisbane accommodates 590 staff across seven floors in two different working styles. The most significant intervention to the base building was the inclusion of interconnecting stairs and voids to facilitate internal traffic throughout the entire work place, whilst providing a visual connection between multiple floors to promote a strong sense of connection and maximise the interaction across teams and individuals. Support spaces such as meeting rooms and utility spaces are located at the back of the floor plate on either side of the lift core. This allows natural daylight to penetrate the open plan work zones whilst showcasing magnificent river and mountain views.

Santos Place Brisbane is a fresh, considered and refined work place that provides a balance of private and flexible open space to support the varied and highly complex projects Santos undertake. The interior fitout is in the process of consideration to receive a 5 Star Green Star as Designed and 5 Star Green Star As Built rating.

BVN Architecture

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