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Santos Headquarters, Adelaide, Australia

Friday 30 Oct 2009

Leading workplace design

Santos Headquarters by BVN Architecture in Adelaide, Australia
Photography John Gollings 
Santos Headquarters by BVN Architecture in Adelaide, Australia Santos Headquarters by BVN Architecture in Adelaide, Australia Santos Headquarters by BVN Architecture in Adelaide, Australia Santos Headquarters by BVN Architecture in Adelaide, Australia
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A tangible expression of the character and culture of Santos as an organisation 

BVN Architecture was engaged as the interior architects to create Santos’ new headquarters in Adelaide. Santos is a leading oil and gas exploration company in Australia. The brief was to create an open, collaborative environment for over 900 staff that reflected Santos' values around the themes of Discovers, Delivers, Collaborates and Cares.

The business was separated over multiple lift rises, staff were located in a mixture of offices and open workpoints, and the leadership team was isolated from the business. The headquarters needed to create an environment that inspired and included staff and supported business objectives.

The new workplace is organised around the atrium, which is continuous through 12 floors, connecting the whole business by allowing for maximum interaction and visibility of people. Located within the atrium is the connecting stair (designed to evoke offshore oil rigs), recycled timber clad bridges linking the floor plates across the void, and cantilevered glazed meeting rooms which are used as vehicles for the character of the floors.

Each 1,250m2 floor has a standardised layout, with a main circulation corridor running the length of the building that separates the meeting rooms to the west and workspaces to the east that are defined by the atrium. The core opposite the atrium provides lifts and services access. Within the workspaces are smaller quiet rooms and open, collaborative furniture settings that support small teams. Three standard worksetting layouts allow for minimum, mid and maximum density workspaces, designed to anticipate growth and differences in teams and workstyles. Themes were also developed for each floor based on a culture or a terrain where oil and gas is found or that Santos operates in including South East Asia, Ocean, Central Asia and Outback Australia.

“The end result is an inspired design… and most importantly is exactly what Santos was looking for to add value to our business"- Martyn Eames (Former Vice-President Corporate and People, Santos).

Key Facts

Status Completed
Value 16.45(m€)
BVN Architecture

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