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- Photography by John Gollings
- Architect Woodhead
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Woodhead was engaged as architects for the base building and fitout for an integrated accommodation solution for Woolworths corporate headquarters. The project was the cultural amalgamation of a fiscally strong although disconnected company. The support facilities were previously located in 8 separate locations around Sydney. The new support office unites the people to optimize one location and bring all staff, training facilities and working culture together.
The floor plates widths are governed by flexibility, facility access and natural light penetration. The atrium with connecting bridges and timber and glass stairs provide vertical and horizontal circulation for all. These points of connectivity are used continuously, supporting the cultural brief of community and connection.
Break out spaces were located on the end of each floor plate, overlooking the central market place. The areas were designed to draw people towards the mezzanine edges to connect and create a dynamic facility.
The mottled façade relates to the Eucalypt context which has been re-established around the site. The central space, primarily a cultural centre, is configured to provide a tempered climate between outdoor and indoor. This space is managed by a hybrid HVAC system that runs in natural mode approximately 60% of the year.
Drainage is often the forgotten workhorse of the building and design function. Yet drainage maintains a simple albeit vital purpose.