Frasers Property Australia unveiled its new head office located in Australia’s premier suburban corporate campus - Rhodes Corporate Park in Sydney.
Architectural practice BVN, in conjunction with Frasers Property’s commercial division, led the $9.8 million fit-out comprising 3,700 square metres spread across two levels. The office fit-out is also one of the first in Australia (including the CBD) designed to target both 6 Star Green Star Interiors v1.1 (Green Building Council) and WELL certifications. The design was ultimately driven by a focus on wellness, innovation and leadership.
Frasers Property Executive General Manager (Commercial & Industrial) Reini Otter said it was important to showcase leadership with an office design which reflects the corporate values and culture of the business as well as any future aspirations.
“BVN was invited to challenge the company’s thinking and drive the internal consultation process which guided the design,” Otter said.
Five key principles shaped the design
“The design approach makes conscious use of passive design as part of a strategy to encourage movement – both for fitness and to promote unplanned conversations and collaboration. Fundamental to the design is the belief that the built environment can directly affect our health – making employee wellbeing a top priority,” Otter said.
BVN Principal Ninotschka Titchkosky said physically connecting all the business units and project partners through a significant new double storey ‘town hall’ space provides a central focus to the office.
"This space allows new opportunities to emerge for the way Frasers Property can do business both formally and informally, but importantly in an authentic and transparent manner," Titchkosky said.
"The Cafe, The Lounge, The Steps, terrace, mobile trees, large scale projection and large meeting rooms with ‘garage doors’ are fundamental elements of this central space.”
Ninotschka continues, “All aspects of the space are designed to encourage interaction, such as removing bulky built elements from around the core and replacing them with mobile tables, white boards and short throw projectors to reduce distance when circulating the floor, while still respecting the need for quiet work zones and booths that enable concentrated work," she said.
"Workstations are not traditionally planned on a grid but placed in a way that encourages pathways through the space and serendipitous interaction.
“The materials palette is based on natural materials such as FSC plywood, polished concrete, stripped back ceilings and white and colour details to reflect the authentic culture of Frasers Property and focus on sustainability and wellness. It is sophisticated in an understated way.”
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