Project: Darwin Office
Architects: Hames Sharley and Aurecon
Location: Darwin, Australia
Photographs by: Courtesy of Hames Sharley
Hames Sharley and Aurecon Collaborate on Darwin Office
A collaboration between multi-disciplinary design firm Hames Sharley and international engineer, Aurecon has ensured a hugely successful outcome in Aurecon’s own Darwin office fit-out.
“A key contributor to the design was Aurecon who performed the role of the project manager,” says Hames Sharley’s Darwin Studio Leader, Adam Prentice. “Our enduring professional relationship with Aurecon was reflected in the successful outcome of the project.”
The aspiration for the office was to create a collaborative, multi-functional space that was conducive to staff building close working relationships and the encouragement of effective communication.
“The principle of workplace ecology was a core element of the client’s brief, with consideration given to the inter-relationships between and among people in the office and the various systems in place at work to improve productivity,” explains Adam.
Adam states that technology and audio visual were well considered throughout the project, in line with Aurecon’s brief. “Both had to be seamless and work with existing Aurecon platforms. This was key to assist in flexibility throughout the workplace.”
The result of the design was an open-plan office which has successfully integrated into the central hub areas. These areas include a kitchen, collaboration and break-out spaces, multi-purpose rooms, and utility areas. “The design also allows for 64 workstations which fit into a 600m2 floor plate.”
Aurecon’s fit-out is a contemporary office space that is productive, active and engaging for the current staff of 50. It is an environment that puts people first, builds a sense of community and fosters collaboration. “The result was a workplace that promotes a feeling in staff of comfort, pride and trust, and is a professional and welcoming space.”
Aurecon’s new office has been entered in the 2020 Northern Territory AIA Awards. Winners of the award will be announced Friday, the 26th of June.
-Project description and images provided by Hames Sharley