Kristi Bernick

Macquarie Bank's Green Office is Part Space Station, Part Cathedral

by , 04/08/10

Macqaurie Bank Office, Sydney Australia, clive Wilkinson architects, green star design, LEED efficiency, green design, green architecture, green interior design, sustainable interior design

Construction on One Shelley Street first began in 2006 and finished in 2009. California-based Clive Wilkinson Architects teamed up with local architects Woods Bagot to design the 330,000 square foot interior. The design features an array of revolutionary technologies that provide transformative and customizable work settings, such as chilled beams that utilize harbor water for cooling and zone-controlled lighting.

The initial concept was to create a new notion for a collaborative workplace. The flexible work platform idea was originally developed by Dutch consultant Veldhoen & Co and is called Activity-Based Working (ABW). ABW was implemented into the design immediately – the architects opened up and animated the ten-story light filled atrium with 26 “meeting pods” that allowed for clear visual communication between pods and throughout the large open space.

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  1. eco-panda April 10, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    I think its the coolest work place i ever seen! i love the colors and how the offices look. Its very modern but its different from other work places. My favorite office is the blue one. i would love to be in that one, and the green one too^^. It also reduces the energy comsumption by 50%! thats amazing! good job guys ;)

  2. Eric Hunting April 8, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    This is truly prescient design. When the mobs of enraged foreclosed homeless turn on the banks and storm this building, they will be able to quickly and easily convert it into a comfortable sophisticated urban co-housing eco-habitat. This flexible space model is ideal for transforming executive suites into day care centers and fab labs and atriums into vertical farms. Why, there’s even plenty of head room for the guillotines. Got to hand it to these architects for their forward thinking!

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