Teachers Health Fund is a national private health insurer, providing quality products and services to over 110,000 teachers and families. With a corporate culture that defines itself as 'nurturing' and 'caring. the workplace reflects the organisation’s brand aspirations in an environment that is engaging and supportive for both staff and clients.
The Teachers Health Fund recently undertook a major refurbishment and modernization of their Level 3-4 Surry Hills offices, with award winning architects Bates Smart providing an innovative design.
Previously disparate functions of the Teachers Health Fund have been united in a new clean minimalist workplace. The centerpiece of the reception and break-out zones, and indeed the fitout is this crescent shaped void and staircase. A sweeping stair connects the two level tenancy and a staff hub takes prime position in the light-filled double height central space.
A key driver for the new workplace was to colocate the organisation, which had formally occupied two tenancies in different buildings. The new office brings together all business units across two floors, creating a more collaborative environment and presenting a united front to staff and clients.
The look and feel of the fit out is elegant without being ostentatious. Clean, minimalist lines deliver clarity, efficiency and flexibility within the space. An unforced pairing of natural and manufactured materials creates a subtle dynamic that reflects the humane and professional functions of the business.
Workplace planning provides a variety of open plan and enclosed office environments, supported by formal and informal meeting spaces. A sweeping, sculptural stair provides a focal point and connects the two-level tenancy both physically and metaphorically.
A staff hub takes prime position at the base of the stair; the location of this light-filled, double-height space underpins an organisational culture that puts people first and acknowledges staff contribution. The informality of the hub encourages staff interaction, acts as a social heart, offers a place of reprieve and adds to the variety of informal meeting places throughout the office.