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National Australia Bank (HQ)

Woods Bagot
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Montlaur Project Services
Calder Consultants
Trevor Mein
Shannon McGrath

Located in Melbourne’s Docklands, 700 Bourke Street is a pivotal new workplace for National Australia Bank (NAB) with architecture, interior design and workplace consulting by Woods Bagot.

700 Bourke Street is a 16-level commercial building that includes retail facilities, two podium levels incorporating car park, plant rooms, bicycle parking and a fitout for the National Australia Bank (NAB).

Mixed-use development 700 Bourke Street has become the gateway to the Docklands, heralding the precinct as an up-and-coming corporate hub of Melbourne.

It is one of the two proposed office buildings forming part of the development known as ‘Bourke Junction’ at the corner of Bourke Street and Wurindjeri Way, adjacent to Southern Cross Station and Etihad Stadium.

The site location, generates incredible footfall, while its position beside sunken train lines allows the entire west façade of the building to be visible from the city

Responding to its triangular site, the architecture embraces the triangle as its primary visual motif, with a magnificent triangular atrium rising through the centre of the building.

Three vertical fissures snake their way down the façade of the building, breaking down the scale of the enormous footprint. Triangulated façade panels on the exterior of these “cathedral windows” are coloured red, orange, yellow and green.

The point of entry to 700 Bourke Street is characteristic of the radical approach that NAB sought for the building, with a main entry for pedestrians and an entry from the road on a separate level below. This approach is reminiscent of Le Corbusier’s early experiments separating cars from people on different levels.

700 Bourke Street is the result of a long relationship between NAB and Woods Bagot, with this workplace providing NAB with an opportunity to affect organisational change and achieve business efficiencies. Woods Bagot’s design takes a real time working approach, using information-age mobility, virtual working and a focus on collaboration to inform the design of the working environment.

The total floor area of 75,000m2 is positioned around a central, light-filled atrium and divided into eight zones that act as hubs for 50 people, with the added flexibility of 100 drop-in staff, community and consultants. Each of these zones are subsequently sub-dividable into a series of spaces for social, shared, focused and learning environments.

Many of the most innovative aspects of 700 Bourke Street came about as a result of a unique process of stakeholder engagement. A series of workshops, held early in the process, allowed a collaborative approach involving the Woods Bagot architectural team, NAB, Cbus Property, the master plan team and the Woods Bagot interior design team, replacing the more linear approach that is common in the design of a building of this scale.

The concourse opens to the community features, which includes retail facilities, an auditorium, NAB branch and cafe. Above this, on levels four to fourteen, are childcare facilities and NAB office space. Rooftop plant rooms and a garden terrace offer a green contrast to the urban setting, while a continuous atrium between levels two and fourteen allows natural light to permeate the design.

Environmental sustainability and accessibility for the local community are key elements of the building design, with a 6 star green star rating achieved for design. Among the environmentally sustainable features are an energy efficient facade, high performance solar glazing, a percentage of ‘small car’ car parks and a black water treatment plant.

700 Bourke Street is an iconic and sustainable 16 storey office building located adjacent to Southern Cross Station. Developed and owned by Cbus Property, 700 Bourke Street is home to 6,000 NAB employees. The project was delivered via an integrated fitout with NAB as the single corporate tenant.

The building design features a spectacular full height atrium, landscaped roof garden, restaurants, cafes, as well as spaces available to community groups including a multi-mode theatrette (public gathering place when not in use), exhibition spaces, seminar rooms, customer and community meeting places, retail and childcare facility. The work floors were designed to follow flexible real-time working principles (or Activity Based Working) to enable staff to work flexibly in a diverse range of spaces.

700 Bourke Street has achieved a 6 Star Green Star Office Design v3 rating with the NAB fitout achieving 5 Star Green Star Office Interiors certification.

The project was delivered in partnership with APP Corporation and achieved practical completion in May 2013. The project was awarded the 2014 Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) Victorian Chapter ‘Commercial Architect Award’ and ‘Interior Architecture Award’.

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