- Article by Online Editor
- Photography by Earl Carter
- Designer HASSELL
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The new SA Water building completes the enclosure of the South-Eastern corner of Victoria Square. Occupying a prominent site adjacent to St Francis Xavier Cathedral, it sits in a large public plaza that visually flows into the light-filled foyer. With a cafe, casual meeting areas and a signature sculptural function space, the ground floor is a vibrant contributor to the activity of Victoria Square.
A healthy, integrated workplace environment that incorporates the latest approaches in corporate office accommodation has been a key driver for the design of the building.
Large floorplates of 2,200 sqm are linked by a generous atrium and central stair, bringing light and activity into the centre of each floor. Floors are linked both visually and physically, fostering interaction and collaboration within the workplace. An underfloor air conditioning system delivers conditioned air at floor level, enabling stale air to be efficiently removed from the work areas. Combined with high levels of natural light, energy efficiency, water efficiency and the use of low off-gassing materials, the building sets new standards for corporate office accommodation.
Drainage is often the forgotten workhorse of the building and design function. Yet drainage maintains a simple albeit vital purpose.