Along with employees, the workplace itself has to work pretty hard these days – roles include being a calling card for the business, facilitating efficient processes, and looking after staff wellness. Plus, the ideal premises will also deliver on green credentials and environmental awareness generally.
Luckily – or, rather, by informed hard work – the interior architecture and design for engineering firm Arup’s new Sydney head office has all this covered. And, being a respected name in engineering, Arup pursued technical excellence, and committed to pushing boundaries to create a great workspace for its staff and a skite project all at the same time.
In a long-standing collaboration between design and engineering, Arup partnered with architects Hassell to create a workplace where the exchange of knowledge and skills through learning and experimentation – central tenets of Arup’s work culture – are not only facilitated, but lived by all.
Hassell was engaged early in the construction planning of Barrack Place, on the western corridor of Sydney’s CBD, where Arup was both building engineer and future tenant. This allowed the two firms to influence the building’s architecture and engineering to align with their shared vision of the workplace interior.
Hassell principal Emily Moss says Arup wanted a space that would showcase Arup’s culture and expertise – a place where both staff and visitors are free to engage and interact without boundaries.
“To achieve this, we designed a workplace that is open and transparent, with a focus on physical and visual connection.”