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.