Australian architectural and interior design firm HASSELL and Lend Lease design created new headquarters for ANZ. The new landmark building is located in Melbourne’s Docklands. Its fluid forms are inspired by the riverside setting and the natural external color palette ranges from earth tones at the ground level to light blue sky references at upper levels. Here is some information by the architects, “This ‘urban campus’ is the next generation in design for collaboration and flexibility with most floor space dedicated to shared, interactive activity to enable the incidental connections that are so critical to today’s knowledge economy. Incorporating a raft of first-time green initiatives, the building is also a global environmental and sustainability benchmark.
A cross section of employees – including graduates and younger generation employees – helped shape the design. Extensive consultation and research led by HASSELL, DEGW and The Future Laboratory (London) helped ANZ envision their future workplace to ensure the longevity of its design and meet employee and community expectations for environmental social sustainability.
The result – a flexible, open plan office space – is designed to inspire ANZ’s diverse workplace community today and anticipate its future needs. Expansive floor plates are configured to maximize daylight penetration, promote collaboration, accommodate varied work styles and provide flexibility. Approximately 55 per cent of the work area is shared interactive, collaborative space with the remaining 45 per cent dedicated desk environment.
Urban design principles were used to activate ‘spaces between places’ – juxtaposing noisy and quiet, hot and cold, territorial and non territorial spaces to create flow and vibrancy. Five distinct hub types are distributed across 44 individual hub spaces that connect quiet working zones.
ANZ Centre has been awarded a 6 Star Green Star sustainability rating from the Green Building Council of Australia. On-site energy production is provided through three key technologies: a tri-generation system; a rooftop photovoltaic array; and six vertical axis wind turbines. A comprehensive water management and recycling system is among other key green initiatives.”