Situated in the Norwest business Park in Sydney, Australia, a conventional warehouse is transformed into the headquarters of BioIsland, an enterprise specializing in health products. The concept manifests the enterprise’s commitment to daily health, to encourage the happiness and wellbeing of people today.
The building becomes a vibrant “bio-island,” which materially translates to “greenness” and “sunlight.”
A large volume in the central area of the warehouse is carved out to make an oasis inside the bulky building mass, where natural light and air hardly reach. Original structures are kept to make sky bridges that offer the workforce and visitors a relaxing walk with pleasant views from above, forming a void of perpetual movement accentuated by diffused light beams, mild breeze, and native vegetation.
A floating gesture is achieved by freeing up parts on ground floor and allowing access from multiple directions. It blurs the boundary between the inside and outside, amplifying permeability. Besides the central oasis, a series of gardens distribute throughout the space, making the architecture and its environment a cohesive entity.
A thin sheer of perforated metal skin is applied around the building’s perimeter, giving it an elegant veil and an iconic identity. The perforation correlates to the interior function, such that the amount of light appropriate for that space is regulated by the skin’s perforation rate.
Massive solar photovoltaic panels and light pipes are installed on roof top for energy efficiency.
This experiential space of connectivity, transience and fluidity brings the community together in a working environment.
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