ANZ set out to redefine and actualise the future of working for their almost 2000-strong workforce in Sydney.
Spread across 14 levels and a total of 28,500sqm, the overarching concept offers a flexible community experience with a “mini city” design. Through a network of spaces, weaving together the intricacies of a campus, this approach blended the scale of city living with an urban perception of our natural world. It encouraged its inhabitants to question their surroundings and explore further. Outside of the working floors, two major areas within the mini city anchored the community in the space. The Client Floor; “the club” is a completely dynamic & flexible space of craftsmanship and detailing, celebrating the clientele that makes the business what it is. Warm neutral & muted tones are enhanced by exclusive touches and creates experiences to surprise and delight. The Venture Lab; a warehouse-inspired space, where ideas are built, organised for dispatch and displayed. This space fundamentally supports the innovative culture, and is a space of constant and rapid changes, where technical details matter. It has an industrial feel and is perhaps not as polished as the other floors. The design intent underpins the mentality that nothing is ever completed here, it is a space to redefine what’s known and keeps pushing the boundaries.
The design is supported by several foundation-concepts that form part of the bigger picture. One major pillar is the intrinsic desire to not only acknowledge, but celebrate the proud Indigenous Australian culture. Moments of recognition are scattered throughout the many levels, but most striking is the custom designed carpet by Gamilaroi Ularoi/Yuwaalaraay yinarr artist, Lakkari Pitt, that embraces you upon your arrival. Throughout the many floors, you will also find constant sustainable practices integrated within the fitout. From locally sourced and manufactured products, celebrating and supporting Australian design, to the biophilic injection consciously considered to enhance wellbeing. Supporting this mindset, much of the fitout reused and repurposed existing furniture wherever possible in an effort to also reduce waste. Furthering this thinking, L14 adopted the idea of pocket-parks within a city, providing biophilic relief so that staff could step away from their desks to improve and promote mental wellbeing and health.