Benchmark corporate HQ that values amenity before status and facilitates workplace cultural change

National@Docklands

Details
Summary
Description
Consultants
Awards
Location
Client
Bovis Lend Lease
Location
VIC, Australia
Completion
July 2001 - August 2004
Value
$350,000,000.00
Services
Full Architectural Services + Full Interior Design Services
Size
  • 80,000m² GFA
  • 58,650m² NLA
  • Provision of 80,000m² GFA in ‘groundscraper’ plan enabling unprecedented visibility across the floorplate
  • Collaborative winter-garden spaces provided between floors for meetings
  • 4 off 22m x 95m long, clear floorplates unencumbered by services cores for fully flexible planning
  • Circulation strategy based on hubs and nodes for interaction

The National Australia Bank building at Melbourne Docklands sets a benchmark in the design of workplace communities.

Designed from the inside out, the project is an integrated fit-out with the base building, tailor-made for an organisation embarking upon significant cultural change. National@Docklands is designed on the premise that people are a corporation’s greatest asset and reflects the company’s move away from a hierarchical mentality to a more collaborative, people-focused model where work is done on a project basis. As a result of extensive international research, the development represents a number of sustainable advances in energy use, materials choice and internal environments.

The building’s striking multicoloured exterior ensures significant presence in the Docklands precinct. Its horizontal shape is the opposite of the traditional skyscraper, providing flexibility and requiring less energy to build, run and maintain.

The interior also reflects a new way of thinking in office layouts. Atria, flooded by natural light, separate the two main building blocks. Large open floor plates with attached service cores provide flexibility for future change in work patterns and office arrangements. Bridges and stairs enable staff to move between floors, and a range of meeting spaces increase opportunities for people to interact informally and build relationships.

Robert Bird & Partners
Structural
Geoff Grant
Quantity Surveyor
McKenzie Group Consulting
Building Surveyor
State Forests of NSW
Fire Protection
Warrington Fire Research
Fire Protection
Norman Disney and Young
Hydraulics
Connell Wagner
Electrical
Bassett Consulting
Mechanical
2005
RAIA Victoria Commercial Architecture Award
AGDA Environmental Design Range & Program Wayfinding Signage Distinction Award
Australian Construction Achievement Award Finalist
Banksia Leadership in Sustainable Buildings Award
MADC Wayfinding Signage, Red Mustard Bronze Award
RAIA Interior Architecture Award
2006
Premier’s Design Awards Finalist
VIC, Australia