Melbourne’s recently opened Medibank Place - designed by HASSELL for health insurer, Medibank – has been described as being ‘hard-wired for health’. Four months after moving in, 79% of employees report working more collaboratively, 70% report feeling healthier, and 66% said they were more productive.
HASSELL has drawn on a range of features to help promote health and wellbeing. A ramp from the main entrance on Bourke Street spirals upwards from street level, allowing Medibank employees easy access to bike storage on their way in to work. Those who want a more vigorous workout during the day can also make use of a multipurpose sports court at ground level.
Medibank Place offers its employees real freedom to choose how and where they work. People can now select from more than 26 types of work settings, ranging from indoor quiet spaces and collaborative hubs to wifi-enabled balconies and places to stand and work. Circadian lighting in certain areas of the workspace mimics natural daylight patterns supporting people’s biorhythms.
Medibank Place incorporates an enormous number of plants – some 2,300 inside the building and 520 in modular planter boxes on the façade, as well as two 25-metre high street-facing green walls. Within the work place, this helps relieve stress, improve internal air quality and transforms views from grey to green.
The effect of the planting, combined with the curves of the building itself, is to convey a softer, more human character. Additionally, next to the sports court, an edible garden sits near a demonstration kitchen that Medibank uses to promote healthy eating to both staff, not-for-profit organisations and the wider community.