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2015 Australian Interior Design Awards: Sustainability Advancement

2015 Australian Interior Design Awards Sustainability Advancement TransGrid Sydney Office by Bates Smart

Jury Comment

The TransGrid Sydney Office has achieved a 6-Star Green Star “As Built” rating by the Green Building Council of Australia through acute attention to diverse areas of environmental performance. Natural ventilation, reclaimed materials and furniture standardization express intent and measurability outcomes that contribute to achieving high levels of workplace design sustainability.

Design Statement

High-voltage network company TransGrid required an aspirational workspace to co-locate previously dispersed units into an efficient collegiate work environment. Elements of fluidity, movement and illumination referenced in the design give a subtle nod to the client’s core business. Expansive floor plates made it possible to break down the space on both vertical and horizontal perspectives. An offset void and staircase across all three levels gives the space a backdrop of energy and movement. The void is framed by timber battens from reclaimed timber power poles. A naturally ventilated wintergarden is located at the northern end of the building, its double height capitalizing on premium views and light. The project is one of a handful to have achieved a 6-Star Green Star “As Built” rating by the Green Building Council of Australia.

The Award for Sustainability Advancement is supported by Dulux. The Australian Interior Design Awards are presented by the Design Institute of Australia, Diversified Communications Australia and Artichoke magazine. For more images of this project, see the Australian Interior Design Awards gallery.

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